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Sir David Wilkie

Sir David Wilkie - The Defence of Saragossa - 1828 - Oil on canvas, 94 x 141 cm - Royal Collection, Windsor (click photo for larger image)Scottish painter Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841) trained in Edinburgh and then moved to London.The artist had a distinguished career within royal circles, succeeding Sir Henry Raeburn as Limner to George IV for Scotland in 1823 and Sir Thomas Lawrence as Principal Painter to the king in 1830. He held this second post during the reigns of William IV and Queen Victoria. The Defence of Saragossa forms part of a group of four paintings purchased by George IV in 1829-30 and still in the Royal Collection. The other paintings are The Spanish Posada: a Guerilla Council of War, The Guerilla's Departure and The Guerilla's Return. The four paintings illustrate a decisive moment in the development of Wilkie's style, from more intimate genre paintings to works on a grand scale.

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