Study for Many Happy Returns of the Day by William Powell Frith

The little girl whose birthday is being celebrated is his daughter Alice, whose name appears on the birthday cake in the sketch.


Oil on millboard
30 x 40 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,900 ( Total: £27,000)
Acquired in:
Christopher Wood

Although he trained and spent his working life in London, Frith was a Yorkshire artist; he was born near Ripon in 1819 and in 1826 his father became landlord of the Dragon Inn, Harrogate.


Sale Christie's 8/2/91; Christopher Wood gallery.

Venue details

York Art Gallery Exhibition Square, YORK North Yorkshire YO1 7EW 01904 687687

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