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Study of Trees

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Study of Trees early 1810s

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This sketch of trees, possibly a study for the background of a painting, shows Wilkie experimenting with shade and tone. It is likely to have been sketched outdoors, and demonstrates a turn away from academic studio based learning to an understanding of forms and subjects based on personal observation. Wilkie was a fine draughtsman, but his drawings were entirely functional and not intended for display. Landscape drawings by Wilkie are particularly rare, undoubtedly because he was primarily a painter of historical and genre scenes. For his paintings, Wilkie would make numerous small preparatory sketches and compositional studies before working them up into a final composition.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


The ability to draw skilfully, often refers to technical drawing.


A French term that denotes different types of paintings, such as landscape, portrait or still life. The phrase ‘genre painting’ is used specifically to describe works depicting everyday scenes.

Composition, Draughtsmanship, Genres


  • Acc. No. D 4292
  • Medium Pencil touched with white on grey paper
  • Size 17.00 x 14.70 cm
  • Credit Kenneth Sanderson Bequest 1943