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James Campbell, 1859

WAG 6246

About this object

In this picture Campbell capitalised on public interest in the fate of troops engaged in putting down the Indian Mutiny 1857-8, and the massacre of British troops. The event inspired many paintings. Most showed war through more reassuring domestic incidents rather than the violence of battle. Letters in Victorian narrative paintings commonly represented distant events. In this scene, a locksmith reads a letter from his soldier son in India. It begins ‘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’.

he 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’s collection.

This painting was once owned by George Rae (1817 - 1902) of Birkenhead, an important Pre-Raphaelite collector.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    James Campbell (British: English, born:1823-02-17 possibly, died:1893-12-25)
  • Date
    1859
  • Materials
    Oil paint; 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 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
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 06
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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    Publisher: Liverpool University Press and National Museums Liverpool
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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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  • Inscription text: Mrs Rae, Redcourt Bunlew?
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