Sir David Wilkie (British, Cults, Scotland 1785–1841 off Gibraltar)
Pen, brown ink, brush, brown wash
Sheet: 8 x 4 1/2 in. (20.3 x 11.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1908
Not on view
Inscription: Verso, in pen and brown ink [part of a letter continued on verso of 08.227.4a,b; these were once part of the same sheet; text incomplete because part of the sheet now missing]: "obtrusion upon you will appear very / . . .our kindness will perhaps excuse it. Since / . . .ice in the matter venture to subscribe you/ important service. / a nephew, Mr. Andrew Wilkie now / 19, who has been bred in the merchant / is to get into the Company's service. I / . . .tus cannot be immediately effected / May I ask Sir whether you then / . . . ed in one of the East India Company / . . .s, as Captain's Clerk, and whether / . . . or your friendly assistance in obtaining / for him [continues on the verso of 08.227.4a,b, which was once part of this sheet].
Sir James Knowles (British, Reigate 1831–1908 Brighton); Christie's, London, Knowles's sale, May 27, 1908, lot 9 (bought Parsons); Vendor: E. Parsons & Sons (London), through Roger Eliot Fry
Roger Eliot Fry [as "R.E.F."] "Recent Acquisitions of Drawings (Continued)." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 4, no. 2, February 1909, p. 24.