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David Wilkie

Rabbit on the Wall

Artist

David Wilkie
Cults, Scotland, 1785 – died at sea 1841

Title

Rabbit on the Wall

Date

About 1816

Materials

Oil on panel

Dimensions

20.3 x 17.8 cm

Credits

Mrs. R. MacD. Paterson Bequest, inv. 1949.1011

Collection

Western Art

In the romantic era, this Scottish painter experienced great success in London with his painting in the style of the masters of the genre in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century scene, Teniers the Younger and Van Ostade. In this scene from country life, Wilkie, demonstrating a keen sense of observation and extreme attention to detail, portrayed a family shadow show in a room lit by a chimney fire. A man and a woman, surrounded by their children, are enjoying seeing the shadow of a rabbit that the father’s cleverly arranged hands and fingers have cast upon the wall, in front of the delighted eyes of the youngest member of the family, who tries to catch hold of the creature.

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