The artist William Powell Frith was the greatest chronicler of the Victorian age, famous for his modern life panoramas.
The Private View, 1881 by William Powell Frith, 1882
© Mercer Art Gallery
- Oil on canvas
- 60 x 114 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £73,923 ( Total: £139,250)
- Acquired in:
The artist lived in Harrogate and the gallery holds a collection 25 works by Frith, including two other ArtFunded works - Many Happy Returns of the Day and Portrait of Annie Gambart. This large oil sketch adds an important dimension to the Mercers collection, because not only does it relate to one of his masterworks, it also defines Friths position as an art establishment figure and critic of Aestheticism. Furthermore, the work tells us about the artists working methods. Frith does not attempt to give the work a finished look; instead he leaves his sketch as a fascinating record of his creative process.
Lady Swinfew; Christie's, 1924; Sampson; Sir Paul Getty; by descent; Christie's, 2005 (unsold); Christie's, 2008.
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