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Cat - study for 'The Cut Finger' (recto)
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Cat - study for 'The Cut Finger' (recto)

Circa 1809

David Wilkie (1785 - 1841)

Height: 8.1 cm; Width: 10.3 cm;

Collector's mark
Inscription, Cut Finger. / Head of the Girl binding it up. / The Cat. //

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
Almost all WIlkie's drawings are studies for paintings. In 'The Cut Finger' (S.H. Whitbread Collection) this little cat is seated at the foot of an old woman who is tending to a young boy's wound. Wilkie's interest in the delineation of expressions and feelings is apparent from his closely observed portrayal of the sleep-eyed cat. In the domestic scene it signifies homeliness, as in many of the Dutch and Flemish paintings of everyday life which so influenced Wilkie. (Permanent collection label)

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