His death was mourned by a nation. His burial at sea was the subject
of a painting by no less than J.M.W. Turner. He was a friend of Sir Walter
Scott and stayed with him in Abbotsford. During his lifetime, one of his paintings
was so popular that crowd control barriers had to be erected when it was exhibited.
Some took years to complete, consumed scores of drawings, and required several
oil sketches; they were purchased by the Prince Regent and the Duke of Wellington.
He was an associate of the Royal Academy in London by age 24 and a full member
at 26. While he was still in his 30s, he was appointed "King's Limner for
Scotland" by George IV. His name was David Wilkie (1785-1841), and he was
a Scottish genre and historical painter.
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