Studies for 'The Bride at Her Toilet on the Day of Her Wedding'
Sir David Wilkie (British, Cults, Scotland 1785–1841 off Gibraltar)
Pen and ink, smudged
Sheet a: 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (9.5 x 6.4 cm)
Sheet b: 6 x 4 1/4 in. (15.2 x 10.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1908
Not on view
Inscription: On verso, in brown ink: [continues a letter on the verso of 18.227.1, once part of the same sheet; the text is incomplete because one portion of the sheet is now missing]... in brown ink: 'My dear Sir, / This / obtrusion upon you will appear very unauthorized, but your kindness will perhaps excuse it. Since / even by your advice in the matter venture to subscribe you / may render an important service. / I have a nephew, Mr. Andrew Wilkie, now / in Edinburgh, aged 19, who has been bred in the merchant / is to get into the Company's service. I / tus cannot be immediately be affectd / 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."
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.