The Wallace Collection

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The Sportsman
  • David Wilkie (1785 - 1841)
  • The Sportsman
  • 1824
  • Painting
  • Oil on mahogany panel
  • Object size: 26.8 x 31 cm
    Image size: 25.5 x 29.6 cm
    with frame, Object size: 42.5 x 46 x 6.5 cm
  • Signature: 'D. Wilkie 1824'
  • P357
  • West Gallery II
Further Reading
  • A label on the verso indicates that the picture was painted for General the Hon. Edmund Phipps (1760-1837). It adds that the sportsman is Phipps’s nephew, Colonel Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps (1801-66), and the farmer’s daughter pouring the sportsman a drink is Phipps’s niece, Lady Lepel Charlotte Phipps (d.1869). Scenes of this kind recall seventeenth-century Dutch painting which was a great influence on Wilkie (cf.Metsu, 'The Sleeping Sportsman', P251).