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Chalk Drawing - A Study for The Fortune Teller in 'The Empress Josephine and the Fortune Teller'

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1953P440
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1835 - 1835

Maker Information

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


Wilkie made a number of drawings in connection with this major painting which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1837, and is now in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh. The subject was an incident from Josephine's youth on the island of Martinique. According to John Memes in Memoirs of the Empress Josephine (1831), a fortune-teller tells Josephine 'You will be married soon ; that union will not be happy ; you will become a widow and then - then you will be Queen of France !'. There is another drawing, related to the same project, also in the collection at Birmingham.

Presented by J Leslie Wright 1953, received on his death, 1954.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Black and red chalk heightened with white, pen and ink on toned paper.


Height:463 mm
Width:296 mm