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After Sir William Beechey (1753-1839)

David Wilkie dated 1810

Mezzotint | 39.3 x 28.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 663893

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David Wilkie was only 24- years old when this mezzotint was published, yet he was already a celebrated artist, following the success of his paintings The Village Politicians and The Blind Fiddler at the Royal Academy. The print reproduces a painted portrait by Sir William Beechey, Wilkie's keenest promoter in his early years in London, and was no doubt intended to advertise the urbanity of the young Scot.