Isabelle Frith Reading by William Powell Frith

William Powell Frith painted this tender portrait of his wife Isabelle in 1845, the year of their marriage.


oil on panel
34.3 × 28cm
Art Fund grant:
£12,000 ( Total: £20,000)
Acquired in:

It may have been painted in Derbyshire, while Frith, 26, and Isabelle, 23, were on their honeymoon. Frith later became famous for his impressive crowd scenes, such as The Derby Day and The Railway Station. The intimate portrait of Isabelle remained in the family until the 1930s. Frith was born in the Yorkshire district of Harrogate, and the painting now joins other works by the artist in the town’s Mercer Art Gallery.


Sir Philip Panton; Arcade Gallery, London, 1951; Peter Ward-Jackson An Art Loss Register search has been carried out.

Venue details

Mercer Art Gallery Swan Road, Harrogate North Yorkshire HG1 2SA 01423 556 188

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