Nearly a quarter of our paintings are on display thanks to gifts in wills. This month we are celebrating the stories behind some of these acquisitions: http://bit.ly/1RIGktV
In 2014 we were able to purchase David Wilkie’s 'Young Woman Kneeling at a Prayer Desk' thanks to Marcia Lay – an art teacher who taught at Lordswood Girls School, Harborne, for more than 20 years. She passed away in June 2012, leaving a generous gift in her will to the National Gallery, which fully funded the purchase of one of Wilkie’s finest example of portraiture.
Born #onthisday in 1785: Scottish artist David Wilkie. Wilkie began his artistic training in 1799 at the Trustees Academy in Edinburgh under the instruction of the history painter John Graham (1754–1817). While continuing his studies at the Royal Academy in London he began to exhibit. Influenced by Dutch 17th-century genre painting, Wilkie developed a talent for depicting scenes from everyday life. This is one of the very few nude studies he made.