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The Vicar of Wakefield: Dr Primrose and His Daughters

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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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

Manchester

  • Date

    1840–1841

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    72.6 x 58.7 cm

  • Accession number

    1912.61

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from James Tregaskis, 1912

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

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