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Title: Waiting for Legal Advice
Date: 1857
Artist(s): James Campbell (British: English, born:17? February 1828, died:25 December 1893)
Materials: Oil; Canvas
Information: This interior of a Liverpool solicitor's office shows an old man all set for an argument while the two clerks whisper behind a screen. It is the most fully worked out of Campbell's anecdotal paintings conceived in a sub-Wilkie vein, with an accumulation of detail extending even to the Liverpool Almanack and Table pasted upon the wall.

Campbell's own father worked for the Sun Insurance Company in Liverpool and the artist was no doubt familiar with the warren of clerk's offices in Liverpool's city centre.
Accession no: WAG 1293
Credit line: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Bancroft Cooke 1893
Location: Item not currently on display