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Portrait by Francis William Wilkin

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Artist: Francis William Wilkin

Francis Willliam Wilkin. (1791-1842).

 

A fine, life-sized portrait by this capable and highly regarded artist, executed in chalk and charcoal on paper, within a good gilt gesso frame of the period. Signed and dated by the artist, 1835.

 

o.s:w:22 in x h:28.5 in 

 

For a similar portrait see the Wellcome Collection for a lithograph after Wilkin of Queen Victoria as a young woman. 

 

From the annual journal of Athenaeum for the year 1832, we can read that Wilkin, when just 18 years of age, received a commission for a painting of the Battle of Hastings to be hung in Battle Abbey. This painting measured 31 feet x 18 feet and Wilkin received the princely sum of £2000 guineas. 'Since then, he has been uninterruptedly engaged in making portraits, large as life, in chalk, and to such an extent that, we believe, a list of his works would include the names of half the nobility in the kingdom.' Being an early exponent of lithography, many portraits made by Wilkin were reproduced in their time as lithographs.   

 

 

Item Code: 4271

£ 1400

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