About this artwork

Phillip started this painting during his last visit to Spain in 1860-61. He did not manage to complete it while in Spain, so it was brought back to Britain unfinished. The Royal Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland were keen for Phillip to complete it for the National Gallery of Scotland, but he died before he had the opportunity. His ideas for the final composition are revealed in his surviving preparatory drawing, which is also in the collection of the National Gallery of Scotland (D 3829).

  • title:
    Spanish Boys Playing at Bullfighting
  • accession number:
    NG 534
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas with chalk underdrawing
  • date created:
    1860 - 1861
  • measurements:
    136.00 x 214.00 cm (framed: 171.00 x 250.10 x 12.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased by RAPFAS 1867; transferred 1897
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

John Phillip

John Phillip