The Gentle Shepherd

Sir David Wilkie

(Scotland, 1785 - Malta, 1841)
Oil on panel 29.2 x 39.5 cm (11.5 x 15.5 in.) Signed and dated '1823' Scotland - 1823

Engraved: By James Stewart in 1824, published in London in 1828; J. A. Wright, 1847; P. Lightfoot, 1848-50; Lumb Stocks, 1862

Provenance
Sir Robert Liston (1742-1836), commissioned from the artist; James T Gibson-Craig (1799-1886), by 1856; Gibson-Craig sale, Christie’s 23 April 1887, lot 23, 195 gns to Lesser; Charles Butler, by 1896; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), acquired from the above by 1902; Thomas Agnew & Sons, acquired from the above 16 July 1902; A.J.Forbes-Leith, later Baron Leith of Fyvie (1847-1925), acquired from the above 19 January 1903; Col. Sir Charles Rosedew Burn Forbes-Leith of Fyvie, 1st bt. (1859-1930), son-in-law of the above; Sir Ian Forbes-Leith,2nd bt. (1902-1973); Sir Ian Forbes-Leith, 3rd bt. to 1988; Forbes-Leith sale, Sotheby’s 15 July 1988, lot 90; Private collection, New York to 2018
Literature
Nicholas Tromans, David Wilkie: The People's Painter, Edinburgh, 2007, pp. 133, 225, 242 and 244 (color ill., pl. 7)
Nicholas Tromans, Harry Mount and Hamish Miles, David Wilkie 1785-1841: Painter of Everyday Life, exh. cat., London, 2002, p. 42
Allan Cunningham, The Life of Sir David Wilkie, London, 1843, vol. III, p. 526
Hamish Miles, Sir David Wilkie 1785-1841, exh. cat., London (Richard L. Feigen & Company), 1994, pp. 93-95
G.F. Waagen, Galleries and Cabinets of Art in Great Britain, London, 1857, p. 433

Exhibited
Edinburgh, Royal Institution, 1824, no.51; London, British Institution, 1842, no.33; Manchester, Art Treasures Exhibition, 1857, no.287; Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, 1880, no.195; London, Royal Academy, 1887, no.89; Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Sir David Wilkie of Scotland, 1986, no.25; London, Richard L. Feigen & Company, 1994, no.25; London, Dulwich Picture Gallery, David Wilkie 1785-1841: Painter of Everyday Life, 2002, no.32

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Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd

"European Works of Art and Sculpture; Old Master Paintings"

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