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Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841)

I Pifferari Signed and dated 1827

RCIN 405861

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George formed a significant group of paintings by leading British artists, among them David Wilkie and William Mulready, who were influenced by the Dutch and Flemish Old Masters at Carlton House. These players of the piffero (a kind of oboe) are joined by pilgrims as they venerate a statue of the Virgin Mary; this was a Christmas ritual much remarked upon in Rome at the time.

Purchased 1828