By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. Please read our Use of Cookies policy.

The Vicar of Wakefield: Dr Primrose and His Daughters

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

How can I use this image?

Buy a print or image licence

If you like this artwork you can support the collection by purchasing a reproduction as a framed OR unframed art print. We offer a selection of professionally made frames that will make your purchase look great in your home, office or other preferred setting.

Need a digital version for your site or publication? You can purchase a digital licence from Art UK and download an electronic copy of this reproduction.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

The subject of this eighteenth-century scene is taken from Oliver Goldsmiths novel The Vicar of Wakefield' (1761–1762). A group of figures are gathered in a sunny Italianate garden by a lion-headed fountain below a wooded hill. The central character is Dr Primrose, an elderly man in breeches and a jacket; he is seated in an ornate wheeled chair, draped in ermine and placed on a carpet. Surrounding Primrose are his family; to the left sitting on the carpet his son, Moses, in a white shirt and holding what might be a flute, to the right kneels one of his daughters in a pink sack-back dress and behind the chair another daughter in a yellow dress stands holding a green parasol.

Manchester Art Gallery


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    72.6 x 58.7 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    purchased from James Tregaskis, 1912


This artwork does not have any tags yet. You can help by tagging artworks on Tagger.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M2 3JL England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue

How you can use this image


This image is available to be shared and re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence.

You can reproduce this image for non-commercial purposes and you are not able to change or modify it in any way.

Wherever you reproduce the image you must attribute the original creators (acknowledge the original artist(s) and the person/organisation that took the photograph of the work) and any other rights holders.

Click on 'More information' for further guidance on using images from Art UK.

Visit the Creative Commons website to read the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International licence