24 May 2007
William Collins, R.A. (1788-1847)
View of Sir David Wilkie's house in Vicarage Place, Kensington, from the back garden
oil on panel with the stamp of Brown, Holborn
14 x 20 in. (35.5 x 50.8 cm.)
in a late George III frame
with Thos. Agnew & Sons. Ltd., London.
with Colnaghi Ltd., London.
Sir James Hunter Blair, 7th bt., by 1957.
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F. Russell, 'Confidence and Taste: The Blairquhan Collection', Country Life, 14 August 1986, p.502, fig.2.
London, Royal Academy, 1842, no.137.
London, Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd., Victorian Painting 1837-1887, 1961, no.34.
William Collins studied under George Morland (1763-1804) before entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1807. He won the Academy's silver medal in 1810 and was elected Royal Academician in 1820. Collins married Harriet, daughter of the Scottish artist Andrew Geddes (1783-1844) in 1821. He was a close friend of the Scottish artist David Wilkie (1875-1841), a fellow Royal Academician. Collins named his son Wilkie and moved from Hampstead to 30 Porchester Terrace, Bayswater in 1830 on David Wilkie's suggestion, placing him within walking distance of Wilkie's own house in Kensington (then in lower Phillimore Place). The house in Vicarage Place was David Wilkie's last residence before his fatal journey to the Holy Land in 1840. The presence of a figure in black in this painting may suggest that this work was executed after Wilkie's death.
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