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Drawing - The Empress Josephine and the Fortune Teller

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1948P48
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1836 - 1836

Maker Information

Artist:Sir David Wilkie - View biography for Sir David Wilkie


A compositional sketch for 'Josephine and the Fortune-Teller', painted for John Abel Smith, M.P., and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1837. The subject was an incident from Josephine's youth on the island of Martinique. Wilkie may have taken the details of his picture from an account by John Memes, who in his 1831 'Memoirs of the Empress Josephine'.

Presented by the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1948.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Pencil, pen and Watercolour on paper laid onto card.

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Height:243 mm
Width:193 mm