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Edward Bird (1772-1819)

Village Choristers Rehearsing an Anthem for Sunday Signed and dated 1810

RCIN 405540

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George IV was reportedly ‘disposed to make a Collection of the Works of British Artists’. He saw this painting of a rustic choir rehearsal when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1810. He immediately bought it and commissioned David Wilkie to paint a companion piece (Blind Man’s Buff).

Purchased by George IV, 1810