The little girl whose birthday is being celebrated is his daughter Alice, whose name appears on the birthday cake in the sketch.
Study for Many Happy Returns of the Day by William Powell Frith, 1854
© York Art Gallery
- 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.