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Wilkin after Beechey - 1796 Stipple Engraving, Children Relieving a Beggar Boy



A stipple engraving with etching, coloured in plate, by Charles Wilkin (c.1750-1814) after Sir William Beechey RA's (1753-1839) painting 'Portrait of Sir Francis Ford's Children Giving a Coin to a Beggar Boy' (1793), in the collection of the Tate. Inscribed with the title, names of the artists, date, and publisher information in plate to the lower edge, along with the lines: 'Here poor Boy without a hat / Take this Ha'penny'. Presented in a distressed gilt frame with a bead course to the inner edge. On wove.


There is foxing and discolouration. There are surface cracks, scuffs, losses, and areas of retouching to the frame.


45.2 x 37.7cm (17.8" x 14.8")
Framed Size: 62.5 x 50.8cm (24.6" x 20")

Artist Biography

Charles Wilkin (c.1750-1814) was an English engraver, painter and publisher who exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1783 and 1808, and is best known for his stipple engravings. Some of his more famous works were 'Lady Cockburn and her Children' (1792) after Joshua Reynolds and 'Mrs Parkyns' (1795) after John Hoppner. Wilkin also published ten stipple-engraved prints depicting 'Portraits of Ladies of Rank and Fashion' (1797-1803), 'executed in a manner to unite the Higher Finishing of Painting with the Spirit and Freedom of Drawing' - three were his own and seven were after John Hoppner, though Wilkin was vexed over 'the Difficulty that attends getting Mr Hoppner’s Pictures'. Technically, Wilkin's engravings 'are among the best examples of stipple, the admixture of etched lines and a vigorous use of the roulette preserving a thoroughly draughtsman like style'. Wilkin managed to stipple-engrave with a quite distinctive style, which was not an easy achievement since this form of engraving does not lend itself to individual expression. Frank Wilkin (Francis William Wilkin, 1800-1842) and Henry Wilkin (1801-1852), his sons, also exhibited their paintings at the Royal Academy.

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Code qw635
Artist Charles Wilkin (c.1750-1814) after Sir William Beechey RA (1753-1839)
Date 1796
Dimensions 45.2 x 37.7cm
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Genre Scene
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