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Artist NameSir David Wilkie (1785-1841)
TitleThe Village Festival 

Date of Artwork1809
MediumOil on panel
Size13 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. • 34.3 x 46.4 cm
Signedsigned with initials and dated 1809 (lower right)


Henry Phipps, 1st Earl of Mulgrave (1755-1831), acquired from the artist, perhaps by November 1811, certainly by April 1812;
his sale, Christie's, London, 12 May 1832, lot 66 (116 gns. to Seguier);
William Wells of Redleaf (d.1847) by 1842, and by inheritance to the following, William Wells of Holmewood; his sale, Christie's, London, 10 May 1890, lot 83 (1,800 gns. to the following),;
with Thomas Agnew and Sons, London;
Wiliam Morley Pegge (1852-1927), 1892;
Sir Charles Tennant, 1st Bt. (1823-1906), by 1896, and by descent to the following,;
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 30 November 2000, lot 1;
Private collection;
sale, Christie's, London, 7 December 2021, lot 47.


A. Cunningham, Life of Sir David Wilkie, London, 1843, I, pp. 186, 230-31, 236-38, 275-77, 297 and 347;

J. Farington, Diary, ed. K. Cave, London, 1982, IX, p. 3465 (22 May 1809); 1983, XI, p. 4093 (16 March 1812); C.M. Agnew, Catalogue of Pictures forming the Collection of Sir Charles Tennant, 1896, unpaginated.;
W. Chiego, ed., Sir David Wilkie of Scotland, exhibition catalogue, New Haven, Connecticut, and Raleigh, North Carolina, 1987, pp. 148 and 150;
To be included in Hamish Miles’s Catalogue raisonné of the works of David Wilkie,;
to be edited by Alex Kidson and published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.


Exhibition History

London, Royal Academy, 1812, no. 110;
London, British Institution, Works of the late Sir David Wilkie, R.A., 1842, no. 24;
London, Royal Academy, Works by the Old Masters and of Deceased Masters of the British School, 1892, no. 2; Edinburgh, Scottish National Exhibition, 1908, no. 43;
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Laing Art Gallery and Museum, Special Exhibition of Works by British Artists, 1908, no. 7. Glasgow, Scottish Exhibition of National History, Art and Industry: Fine Art Section, 1911, no. 172.