David Wilkie

Here are the guid fowk of Pitlessie, Fife, at the fair:

David Wilkie, Pitlessie Fair

Courting couples, men with sticks raised in threat

David Wilkie, Pitlessie Fair, detail 1

Drunkenness:

David Wilkie, Pitlessie Fair, detail 2

Here is the same talent for observation and characterisation used for political ends, in Distraining for Rent:

David Wilkie, distraining for rent

The honest, hard-working tenant and his son:

David Wilkie, Distraining for rent, detail 2

The womenfolk:

David Wilkie, Distraining for rent, detail 1

The crib and spinning-wheel:

David Wilkie, Distraining for rent, detail 3

The pitiless bailiffs:

David Wilkie, Distraining for rent, detail 4

After exhibiting Distraining for Rent Wilkie suffered a breakdown. Art-lovers were not happy with criticising the landlords.