Many Happy Returns of the Day by William Powell Frith

A Victorian dining room with the table set for a birthday tea.


Oil on canvas
80 x 112 cm
Art Fund grant:
£300 ( Total: £400)
Acquired in:
P R Farrer

In the place of honour sits the little girl, whose health is being drunk, with a large wreath fixed vertically to the back of her chair. The child 'Alice' in the painting is Frith's daughter, later Lady Hastings, the father is a portrait of the artist, and the grandmother is a portrait of Mrs Frith Senior, who kept the Dragon Hotel in Harrogate, from 1826 to 1838. Described by Ruskin as a 'Taking Picture'.

Venue details

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

Entry details

Free to all

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