Wilkie’s Last Great Work



[002615] [Ticket for a Private View of the Last Great Work of Wilkie]. The Last Great Work of Wilkie. Private View. Admit … & Party to View the Exquisite Original Picture By Sir David Wilkie, “The School”, from Thursday, Oct. 3d Till Saturday Oct. 18th at Finlay’s Gallery of Fine Arts, 49 Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Glasgow: Allan & Ferguson, First Edition. 32mo (Oblong). Unbound. Ticket. Good. Single sided lithographic ticket, approximately 150mm x 115mm in size, n.d. c.1844?

Light surface soiling, small ink stain to reverse, corners of reverse lightly stained with glue, otherwise fairly clean.

Sir David Wilkie (see ODNB), died in 1841, however the dates on the card don’t work, if the Thursday was the 3rd, then the Saturday should be the 19th not the 18th, both 1844 and 1850 would work with the dates on the invitation and the dates of the Finlays being located at 49 Buchanan Street (between 1832 and 1854 according the the National Portrait Gallery), it is presumably more likely to have been held closer to the date of Wilkie’s death.

For the printers [David] Allan and [William] Ferguson, see SBTI and Worms and Baynton-Williams, pages 14-15