Reading of a Will, 1820
Öl auf Mahagoniholz, 78,0 x 116,5 cm
1826 durch König Ludwig I. aus dem Nachlass von König Max I. Joseph erworben
Inv. Nr. WAF 1194
Reading of a Will
Wilkie's genre paintings owe their comic appeal to the gestures and facial expressions of the figures. Taking his cue from Dutch and Flemish painting, he studied people and places in his immediate environment and eventually acquired an international reputation. This painting was commissioned in 1820 by King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria.