The Crossing Sweeper by William Powell Frith

William Powell Frith is considered to be the greatest painter of the social scene since Hogarth.


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.

Venue details

Museum of London 150 London Wall, LONDON London EC2Y 5HN 020 7001 9844

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