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David Wilkie Watercolour Ink Study Musician Pifferari Piper
  • David Wilkie Watercolour Ink Study Musician Pifferari Piper
  • David Wilkie Watercolour Ink Study Musician Pifferari Piper
  • David Wilkie Watercolour Ink Study Musician Pifferari Piper
  • David Wilkie Watercolour Ink Study Musician Pifferari Piper
  • David Wilkie Watercolour Ink Study Musician Pifferari Piper
  • David Wilkie Watercolour Ink Study Musician Pifferari Piper

David Wilkie Watercolour Ink Study Musician Pifferari Piper

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£450.00


Product Description

Artist: David Wilkie (1785-1841)
Title: ‘I Pifferari’
Medium: Ink and Wash on Grey Paper
Inscription: “D.Wilkie”
Date: c1827

Though bearing a traditional title of the “The Blind Piper”, the study possibly relates to Wilkie’s ‘I Pifferari’ of 1828, now in the Royal Collection.

In 1825, following a period of ill health and financial troubles, the artist David Wilkie left Britain for a 3-year tour of continental Europe. After visiting Paris for a second time, he later went to Rome, where he produced a selection of important sketches portraying the ‘Holy Week.’ An 1848 publication of “his best pictures” describes how “Multitudes of pilgrims… from all parts of Italy are assembled in the streets, in costumes remarkably fine and poetical… Each party of pilgrims is accompanied by one whose duty it is to give music to the rest. This is a Piper, or Pifferaro, provided with an immense bagpipe, of a rich, deep tone…”

A few years later, in 1832, the French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-69) would describe the “strolling musicians who, towards Christmas, come down from the mountains in groups of four or five, armed with bagpipes and ‘pifferi’ (a sort of oboe), to play in homage before statues of the Madonna. They are generally dressed in large brown woolen coats and the pointed hats that brigands sport.”

Size of Frame: 50 x 43 x 3cm (20¾ x 17 x 1¼”)
Size of Image: 19 x 14.5cm (7½ x 5¾”)
Weight: 2493g

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