Correspondence of Sir David Wilkie, with related material

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS 19c Wilkie
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1806-1849
  • Name of Creator
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  • Physical Description
      1 folio vol. containing ca. 158 holograph letters, manuscript and printed The volume is finely bound in dark green leather with marbling on all endpapers and gilt lettering embossed on the spine as follows: WILKIE HOLOGRAPH CORRESPONDENCE in addition to floral patterns. All page edges are gilded also.

Scope and Content

Comprises a collection of Wilkie's correspondence with several persons, notably Thomas Macdonald, dated ca. 1806-1849, together with many engravings taken from original pictures painted by Wilkie, printed extracts concerning Wilkie's life and work, and catalogues of his pictures printed both during his lifetime and after his death

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841) was a Scottish painter who was appointed painter in ordinary in 1830 and received a knighthood in 1836. For full details of his life and work see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

From the library of Lord Brotherton


In English

Additional Information

Associated with the Wilkie volume is a much smaller volume of sketches purporting to be by Wilkie, but in reality, according to a letter written by Hamish Miles of Edinburgh and kept in this volume, not by Wilkie at all, but rather by an unknown artist who signs himself as "A.B."