Wilkie was born at Fife, Scotland in 1785, the son of a parish minister. After obtaining a basic eduction Wilkie enrolled in the Trustees' Academy in Edinburgh to study art and later in London's Royal Academy of Arts. By the the early 1800s he had become a well known artist and in November 1809 was elected an associate of the Royal Academy.
During his career he painted works in the Dutch genre-style, and produced portraits of numerous important figures of his day, such as of King George IV in 1822. In 1830 Wilkie was appointed to succeed Sir T. Lawrence as Painter in Ordinary to the king, and was knighted in 1836. He continued to paint until his death in 1841.
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