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Girl with Jug of Ale and Pipes

James Campbell, 1856

WAG 6353

About this object

Here we see a young girl returning from a public house carefully carrying a gallon jug of beer and three clay pipes up a steep flight of steps. The background is possibly Liverpool but more likely Kirkdale, where Campbell lived, with a view on the left towards the hilltop parish church of Everton and on the right to the sun sinking over the Mersey and the Welsh coastline.

Campbell regularly composed his pictures using a front-facing figure holding an object.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    James Campbell (British: English, born:17? February 1823, died:25 December 1893)
  • Date
    1856
  • Materials
    Oil; Board
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 38.7 cm x 30.5 cm x 3.6 cm
  • Physical description
    A girl standing in the middle of the composition holding a jug and pipes. Her eye are closed and she wears a bonnet and black cloak with a gold pattern. The background is filled with houses beneath a dark cloudy sky. There is a bare tree on the left.
  • Related people
    James Campbell (Artist/maker); Leonard (Previous owner); John Miller (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 6353
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1967
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 06
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Leonard

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1967-04
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery
  • John Miller

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1858-05-21
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's, lot 144 (no 920D)

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: J.Miller / J.Campbell / 1856 / Liverpool
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: 24 / Jas Campbell
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: David T Blackburn / framemaker / 18 Wood Street, Liverpool
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Frame
  • Inscription text: Winsor and Newton Prepared Board
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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