William Powell Frith

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Frith, William Powell

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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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.
He often tackled subjects other artists shied away from and emulated the work of William Powell Frith to a large extent.
They range from William Powell Frith's famous painting The New Frock to Wedgwood, to embroideries, Chinese ceramics, works on paper, furniture and portrait miniatures.
Christopher Wood's William Powell Frith: A Painter & His World is published by Sutton Publishing, ISBN 0 75093845 5 (cloth), 20 [pounds sterling].
William Powell Frith's epic panorama of Paddington Station, with numerous platform mini-dramas, he thought "a fine social study" and Andrew Russell's 1869 photograph of the US east and west railheads finally meeting was the embodiment of the railway's triumph.
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.
Artists represented include Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Pissarro, Edward Hopper, Daumier and William Powell Frith.