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    Sale 7435

    British Works on Paper

    21 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 12

    William Mulready, R.A. (1786-1863)

    A boy firing a canon

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    William Mulready, R.A. (1786-1863)
    A boy firing a canon
    pen and brown ink
    4 7/8 x 4 5/8 in. (12.4 x 11.8 cm.); and Sir David Wilkie, R.A. (1745-1841), Study for 'Reading the Will', 2 1/8 x 3 in. (7.6 x 5.4 cm.) (2)


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    The present drawing is a study for The Cannon, (present whereabouts unknown, see K.M. Heleniak, William Mulready, New Haven and London, 1980, p. 205, nos. 112 and 113). Although it is noted in the artist's account book as early as 1813, the finished oil painting of the composition was not executed until 1827 when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy and bought by Sir Robert Peel. Related chalk drawings are in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Reading the Will by David Wilkie is a preparatory study for the picture, now in the New Pinakothek, Munich, which was commissioned by the King of Bavaria and exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1820.

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    Provenance

    (1) John Varley and by descent in the family (according to a label attached to the backboard)
    with Agnew's, London.