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October 6, 1999

Christopher Columbus in the Convent of La Rabida Explaining His Intended Voyage

JAMA. 1999;282(13):1207. doi:10.1001/jama.282.13.1207

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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