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David Wilkie: The People's Painter

Nicholas Tromans


This book is about the artist David Wilkie (1785–1841), the first British painter to become an international celebrity. Based on original research, it explores the ways in which Wilkie's images, so beloved by his contemporaries, engaged with a range of cultural predicaments close to their hearts. In a series of thematic chapters, whose concerns range far beyond the details of Wilkie's own career, the book shows how, through Wilkie's thrillingly original work, British society was able to reimagine its own everyday life, its history, and its multinational (Anglo-Scottish) nature. Other themes co ... More

Keywords: David Wilkie, art, British society, British painter, painting, anatomy, human body, British Romanticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748625208
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Tromans, author