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John Cowper, an Edinburgh beggar: 1756

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Object information

Titles

John Cowper, an Edinburgh beggar

Maker(s)

Attributed to Lizars, William Home (Painter)

Notes

History note: Mrs Clarkson Stanfield, who gave it to Charles Hargitt; Hargitt sale by his executors, Branch & Leete, Liverpool, 15-18 March 1881 (544); Mazzini Stuart, Liverpool; sold to Messrs Rayner MacConnal, London; anon. sale (=Rayner MacConnal), Christie's, 2 March 1934 (157), bt. Meatyard; bought from Meatyard's by Lord Clark

Measurements and weight

Depth: 6.5 cm
Height: 75.9 cm
Width: 62.8 cm
Width: 84.1 cm

Relative size of this object

84.1 cm75.9 cm6.5 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1935) by Clark, Kenneth

Note

Previously attributed to David Wilkie [1785-1841]

School or Style

British

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of canvas Frame Height 96.8 cm

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: John Cowper, an old soldier, now a Beggar in Edinburgh 1805 aged 87
  • Location: Verso, stretcher
  • Method of creation: MS
  • Type: Label
  • Text: Sir David Wilkie R.A. 544. Portrait of John Cowper. 29 x 24. "An old soldier, now a beggar in Edinburgh. 1808. [sic]. Aged 87". This inscription, evidently written by the artist himself, in on the back of the picture. Presented to Mr Hargitt by Mrs. Clarkson Stansfield.
  • Location: Verso, stretcher
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Supporting information
  • Text: 16 FS 34 (and other marks illegible)
  • Location: Verso, stretcher
  • Method of creation: White chalk
  • Type: Stencil
  • Text: 196 FV
  • Location: Verso

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 1756
Primary reference Number: 4026
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 21 May 2021 Last processed: Saturday 22 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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