Here are the guid fowk of Pitlessie, Fife, at the fair:
Courting couples, men with sticks raised in threat
Here is the same talent for observation and characterisation used for political ends, in Distraining for Rent:
The honest, hard-working tenant and his son:
The crib and spinning-wheel:
The pitiless bailiffs:
After exhibiting Distraining for Rent Wilkie suffered a breakdown. Art-lovers were not happy with criticising the landlords.