WILKIE, Sir David (1785–1841), painter. ALS to William Sequier re copy portraits.

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WILKIE, Sir David (1785–1841), painter of genre, historical subjects, and portraits.  Autograph letter signed to William Sequier, 1 side of an 8vo bifolium, Kensington, June 17th 1833, regarding making some copy portraits “Agreeable to the commands of the King, you have conveyed to me, I have this morning sent off the Portrait to Sir J.Wyattville, Windsor Castle …….. His Majesty was graciously pleased to allow me the use of the Picture and that of making a copy picture to serve for those of the Foreign Embacies and assisting in the Portraits of the King for the Scottish Hospital and for the Duke of Wellington”. Paper grubby and foxed.

Wilkie completed the primary version of his full length portrait of William IV in 1832 (Royal Collection), and at least two copies are believed to have been made by Wilkie the following year, one of which was given to the University of Oxford.

Wilkie’s correspondent William Sequier (1772-1843) was born in London, the eldest son of the picture dealer and copyist, David Seguier, whose family was to trade in picture dealing and restoration over three generations. William learned how to clean pictures and became an influential advisor on art, acting for various notable private clients including the Duke of Wellington. Sequier held the positions of Superintendent of the British Institution from its foundation in 1805; restorer for the Prince Regent (by 1818); repairer of the King's Pictures from 1820 and Keeper of the Royal Picture Galleries; and first Keeper of the new National Gallery in 1824 (which position he held until his death).

Sir Jeffry Wyatville (1766–1840) was a leading architect of the Regency period, whose most substantial commission was the remodelling of Windsor Castle. Wyatville took up residence in Windsor Castle upon commencement of the project in 1824, and remained there until his death in 1840.

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