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William Powell Frith

Born 1819——Died 1909
English Artist
Biography

William Powell Frith: (January 19, 1819 - November 9, 1909), was an English painter specialising in portraits and Victorian era narratives, who was elected to the Royal Academy in 1852.

Born in Aldfield, North Yorkshire, Frith was encouraged to take up art by his father, a hotelier in Harrogate. He moved to London in 1835 where he began his formal art studies at Sass’s Academy in Charlotte Street, before attending the Royal Academy Schools. Frith started his career as a portrait painter and first exhibited at the British Institution in 1838. In the 1840s he often based works on the literary output of writers such as Charles Dickens, whose portrait he painted, and Laurence Sterne.

He was also a member of The Clique, which also included Richard Dadd. The principal influence on his work was the hugely popular domestic subjects painted by Sir David Wilkie. Wilkie's famous painting The Chelsea Pensioners was a spur to the creation of Frith's own most famous compositions. Following the precedent of Wilkie, but also imitating the work of his friend Dickens, Frith created complex multi-figure compositions depicting the full range of the Victorian class system, meeting and interacting in public places. In Ramsgate Sands, Life at the Seaside (1854) he depicted visitors and entertainers at the seaside resort. He followed this with The Derby Day, depicting scenes among the crowd at the race at Epsom Downs. This 1858 composition was bought by Jacob Bell for £1,500. It was so popular that it had to be protected by a specially installed rail when shown at the Royal Academy of Arts. Another well-known painting was The Railway Station, a scene of Paddington station. In 1865 he was chosen to paint the Marriage of the Prince of Wales.

Later in his career he painted two series of five pictures each, telling moral stories in the manner of William Hogarth. These were the Road to Ruin (1878), about the dangers of gambling, and the Race for Wealth (1880) about reckless financial speculation. He retired from the Royal Academy in 1890 but continued to exhibit until 1902.

Frith was a traditionalist who made known his aversion to modern-art developments in a couple of autobiographies – Autobiography and Reminiscences (1887) and Further Reminiscences (1888) – and other writings. He was also an inveterate enemy of the Pre-Raphaelites and of the Aesthetic Movement, which he satirised in his painting A Private View at the Royal Academy (1883), in which Oscar Wilde is depicted discoursing on art while Frith's friends look on disapprovingly. Fellow traditionalist Frederic Leighton is featured in the painting, which also portrays painter John Everett Millais and novelist Anthony Trollope.

Frith lived a curious domestic life - married to Isabelle with twelve children, whilst a mile down the road maintaining a mistress (Mary Alford, formerly his ward) and seven more children - all a marked contrast to the upright family scenes depicted in paintings like Many Happy Returns of the Day. Frith married Mary on the death of Isabelle in 1880.[1] In his later years he painted many copies of his famous paintings, as well as more sexually uninhibited works, such as the nude After the Bath. A well-known raconteur, his writings, most notably his chatty autobiography, were very popular.

Art Work
A May Day Celebration, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW746
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
A May Day Celebration
Original Size:
101.6 x 142.3cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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A scene from Moliere's L'Avare, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW747
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
A scene from Moliere's L'Avare
Original Size:
88.9 x 139.7cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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An Incident In The Life Of Mary Wortley Montague, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW748
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
An Incident In The Life Of Mary Wortley Montague
Original Size:
115 x 145.5cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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At My Window Boulogne, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW749
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
At My Window Boulogne
Original Size:
91.4 x 71.1cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Claude Duval, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW750
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
Claude Duval
Original Size:
78 x 109cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Henry VIII And Anne Boleyn Deer Shooting in windsor forest, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW751
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
Henry VIII And Anne Boleyn Deer Shooting in windsor forest
Original Size:
123 x 101cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Juliet, O That I Were A Glove Upon That Hand, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW752
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
Juliet, O That I Were A Glove Upon That Hand
Original Size:
76 x 63.5cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Life At The Seaside, Ramsgate Sands, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW753
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
Life At The Seaside, Ramsgate Sands
Original Size:
40 x 80cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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The Ardour, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW754
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
The Ardour
Original Size:
61 x 51cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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The Crossing Sweeper, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW755
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
The Crossing Sweeper
Original Size:
24 x 19.25cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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The Family Lawyer, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW756
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
The Family Lawyer
Original Size:
64.8 x 66cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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The Flower Seller, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW757
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
The Flower Seller
Original Size:
76.5 x 63.5cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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The Lovers, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW758
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
The Lovers
Original Size:
23 x 21cm
Original Medium: oil on board
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The Railway Station, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW759
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
The Railway Station
Original Size:
38 x 80cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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The Signal, reproduction of William Powell Frith
Art work details
Item Number:
WHW760
Original Artist:
William Powell Frith
Original Name:
The Signal
Original Size:
43 x 36cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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