David Wilkie

The People's Painter

Nicholas Tromans

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This is the first modern book about the artist David Wilkie (1785-1841), the first British painter to become an international celebrity. Based on extensive original research, the book explores the ways in which Wilkie’s images, so beloved by his contemporaries, engaged with a range of cultural predicaments close to their hearts. In a series of thematic chapters, whose concerns range far beyond the details of Wilkie’s own career, Tromans shows how, through Wilkie’s thrillingly original work, British society was able to reimagine its own everyday life, its history, and its multinational (Anglo-Scottish) nature.

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1. Everyday Stories
2. The Anatomy of Expression
3. 'the shackles of connoisseurship'
4. Everyday Heroes: Wilkie's Version of History
5. Wilkie and Scotland
Nicholas Tromans is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University.

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