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James Campbell, 1857

WAG 1293

About this object

This interior of a Liverpool solicitor's office shows an old man ready for an argument. In the background, two clerks whisper behind a screen. The artist has paid significant attention to capturing the detail of the scene, even including the Liverpool Almanack and Table stuck on 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.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    A Disputed Bill of Costs; A Little Law
  • Artist(s)
    James Campbell (British: English, born:1823-02-17 possibly, died:1893-12-25)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Oil; Canvas
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 77.5 cm x 63.5 cm
  • Physical description
    An office interior with a central male figure sitting on a chair, in front of a wooden screen. He wears a top hat and is leaning on an umbrella. A young boy is gazing up at him from the left and two office workers can be seen behind the screen.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner) ; James Campbell (Artist/maker) ; Christie’s (Previous owner) ; Bancroft Cook (Previous owner) ; J Swainson (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1293
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Bancroft Cooke 1893
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Bancroft Cook

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1893
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery in 1893
  • J Swainson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Bought from Agnew's 09 May 1861
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: 1861-05-03
    How acquired: Bought at Christie's sale, lot 77
    Owned until: 1861-05-09
    Disposal method: Sold to J Swainson
  • Christie’s

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1861-05-03
    Disposal method: Gambant? Sale 3 May 1861, lot 77 titled 'A Little Law' to Agnew


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: J Campbell Junior / 1857
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower left
Object view = Fine Art
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