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Girl with Jug of Ale and Pipes

James Campbell, 1856

WAG 6353

About this object

This painting shows a young girl returning from a public house. She is carefully carrying a gallon jug of beer and three clay pipes up a steep hill. The background is possibly Liverpool but could be Kirkdale, where Campbell lived. There is a view on the left towards the hill-top 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. The girl’s bonnet carries the suggestion of a halo. This might be Campbell’s commentary on the subject.

This painting was once owned by the Liverpool-based Scottish merchant and prolific art collector, John Miller (about 1796 to 1876). He sold it in 1858.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    James Campbell (British: English, born:1823-02-17 possibly, died:1893-12-25)
  • Date
    1856
  • Materials
    Oil paint; Board
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 38.7 cm x 30.5 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

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    Mary Bennett

    Author: Mary Bennett
    Publisher: J H Leeman Ltd
    Date: 1978
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    Newall, Christopher; Bukantas, Ann; David Taylor

    Author: Newall, Christopher; Bukantas, Ann; David Taylor
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press and National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2016
    Description: Featuring more than 100 works of art from celebrated Pre-Raphaelite artists, this fascinating new research into Pre-Raphaelite painters and collectors positions Liverpool as the Victorian art capital of the north. This book accompanies the exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion, held at the Walker Art Gallery in 2016.

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
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