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SIR DAVID WILKIE (1785-1841)

The Penny Wedding

Signed and dated 1818

RCIN 405536

For Wilkie’s second royal commission he chose to portray a distinctively Scottish subject – more so than in any painting he had produced since leaving Fife in 1805. The scene shows a ‘penny wedding’, at which guests contributed a penny towards the festivities. The custom was dying out by the early nineteenth century, so Wilkie’s vision is a nostalgic depiction of the traditions of ‘Old Scotland’. Painted for George IV, when Prince Regent, 1818

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