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James Campbell, 1859

WAG 6246

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Pre-Raphaelites collection

About this object

In this picture Campbell capitalised on public interest in the fate of troops engaged in putting down the Indian Mutiny. It shows an old locksmith who has just received a letter from his soldier son.

The model for the old man appears to be the same one used in the artist's painting, 'Waiting for legal advice', also in the Walker Art Gallery colection.

The letter in the man's hands reads:

'Lucknow March 1858. My dear old Daddy, I dare say you will read this in the old shop and here am I under the burning sun of India.'

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    James Campbell (British: English, born:17? February 1823, died:25 December 1893)
  • Date
    1859
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 54.3 cm x 49.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A picture of an elderly man holding a letter in a domestic interior setting.
  • Related people
    Branch and Leete (Previous owner); James Campbell (Artist/maker); George Rae (Previous owner); Sonia Mrs Rae (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 6246
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery from Mrs Sonia Rae in 1964
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Sonia Mrs Rae

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Probably inherited
    Owned until: 1964-10
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery in 1964
  • George Rae

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Branch and Leete

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1873-04-07
    Disposal method: ?James Taylor Pike, Sale

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Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: J Campbell 1859
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    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
  • Inscription text: News from My Lad / Jas Campbell
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  • Inscription text: Rae, Redcourt Bunlew?
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  • Inscription text: Mrs Rae, Redcourt Bunlew?
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