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John Phillip (1817-67)

The Letter-Writer of Seville Signed and dated 1854

RCIN 401188

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The Scotsman John Phillip’s evocative depictions of Spain earnt him the nickname ‘Spanish Phillip’. Here two illiterate young women have come to use the services of Juan Moráles, a streetside writer of letters and memorials. The beautiful woman on the left is dressed in traditional maja costume and her secretive pose suggests that she may be dictating a love letter.

Purchased by Prince Albert and presented to Queen Victoria at Christmas 1854

No. 69