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The Sonnet
Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Sonnet 1839

William Mulready (1786–1863)

Paintings Collection

(b Ennis, Co. Clare, 1 Apr. 1786; d London, 7 July 1863). Irish-born painter, active in England, the pupil and brother-in-law of John Varley. After undistinguished beginnings with historical genre and landscape he turned with great success to scenes of contemporary life in the vein made popular by Wilkie. The Fight Interrupted (1816, V&A, London), which shows a vicar intervening between two boys who have come to blows, made his reputation and set the course for his career.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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