William Powell Frith is considered to be the greatest painter of the social scene since Hogarth.
The Crossing Sweeper by William Powell Frith, 1858
© Museum of London
- Oil on canvas
- 43.1 x 35.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £13,600 ( Total: £40,800)
- Acquired in:
The immense popularity of his works is due in part to their encompassing all stratas of society and in highlighting social concerns and reflecting London's diverse population. In this painting a little street urchin, the crossing sweeper, is attempting to persuade a pretty young lady to pay him to escort her across a busy London road. It was one of Frith's most popular compositions.
Christie's, 1997; Sotheby's, 2003.