William Powell Frith

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Frith, William Powell,

1819–1909, English anecdotal and genre painter. His early paintings were illustrations, such as his Scene from a Sentimental Journey (Victoria and Albert Mus.). Later he painted many enormously popular pictures of everyday English life, among them Derby Day (National Gall., London) and The Railway Station (Leicester Mus.).


See his memoirs, A Victorian Canvas (1957).

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He often tackled subjects other artists shied away from and emulated the work of William Powell Frith to a large extent.
The shortcomings of Sisters have little to do with its cast of novelists or painters (a group of painters including Augustus Leopold Egg, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Powell Frith, John Singer Sargent, Charles Eastlake, and James Tissot, among others).
Explored afresh are such works as the large narrative paintings of William Powell Frith and George Elgar Hicks, the social realist works of Luke Fildes, Hubert von Herkomer and Frank Holl as well as the hyperrealist oils of William Logsdail and James Tissot, together with a smattering of comparative engravings and photographs.
He examines the work of 19th century masters like John Atkinson Grimshaw and William Powell Frith, and provides a witty insight into the era's aristocratic society.
William Powell Frith, however, offers numerous stories in The Railway Station with a cast of many, all with their own stories from departing soldiers, family farewells and the arrest of a man.