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Title
A penny wedding
Names
Wilkie, David, Sir, 1785-1841 (Artist)
Greatbach, William, b. 1802 (Engraver)
Collection

Wallach Division Picture Collection

Marriage customs - England

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1818
Date Issued: 1860
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC MARRI-Eng
Topics
Marriage -- England
Celebrations
Dance -- Scotland
Weddings -- Scotland
Interiors -- Scotland
Genres
Reproductive prints
Notes
Source note: Art journal. Virtue Co., 1839-1912).
Physical Description
Steel engravings
Extent: 16.2 x 22.5 cm
Image cropped at bottom right corner.
Description
"Wilkie’s picture of ‘The Penny Wedding’...is simply a representation of a scene in ordinary Scottish life among the more humble classes—a merry-making on an occasion to call forth the joyous feelings of human nature. It was originally called the ‘Scottish Wedding,’ but the title was afterwards altered to that which it now bears. Our friend, Mr. John Burnet, who is as learned in the customs of his native country, as he is in the characteristics of Wilkie’s art, informs us that a 'Scottish Penny Wedding,' means a wedding where each visitor pays a small sum of money for admission; the sum thus collected goes towards furnishing the house of the young couple....The celebration generally was held in a barn, or large room, such as that in the picture; of course eating, drinking, and dancing constituted the employment of the evening. After the newly-married pair had retired for the night, one of the bride's stockings was brought in, and flung about; whomsoever it first hit was, as they said, to be the next married. The dance Wilkie has here represented is what is called a 'foursome reel,' peculiar to Scotland."--from source text.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b17706517
Barcode: 33333159468012
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e9a6e9a0-c556-012f-7263-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Item timeline of events

  • 1785: Creator Born
  • 1818: Created (Approximate)
  • 1841: Creator Died
  • 2014: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "A penny wedding" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1818 - 1860. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-d0d7-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "A penny wedding" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 21, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-d0d7-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1818 - 1860). A penny wedding Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-d0d7-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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A penny wedding