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David Wilkie - Artist

David Wilkie was born in Cults in 1785.After attending an Academy of Design in Edinburgh he moved to London in 1805 and gained admission at the Royal Academy.

He encountered almost immediate success when the first of his realistic portrayals of rural life, The Village Politicians', was unveiled in 1806. The homely simplicity of Wilkie's compositions stood in marked contrast to the artificial and contrived nature of much contemporary painting and marked a turning-point in British art. Together with Sir Henry Raeburn, he was hailed as the founder of a new 'Scottish School' of painting.

Wilkie collaborated on popular print-versions of his paintings, which brought considerable financial success. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1809, when he was only 24, and a full member in 1812.

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