The theme of "The Wilkie Tradition" is not really the man himself, but his Scottish contemporaries: mostly minor artists who shared his themes, but each with a flavour of their own. It makes for a sort of visual history lesson: a glimpse into the darkened, domestic interiors of early 19th-century Scotland. Like most genre paintings they work best on a small scale: their low key intimism well-suited to their subject.
Wilkie himself steals the show, particularly in two small panels: The Sluice Gate, a quietly intense little landscape, and Domestic Life, a rather grander interior than most, complete with an ermine-clad figure looking a little like the young Queen Victoria. Well worth a look.
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