Tutored Visit to the Mercer Gallery, “William Powell Frith: The People's Painter”.

This exhibition marks the bicentenary of the birth of William Powell Frith (1819 - 1909), whose great panoramas of Victorian life made him the most popular painter of his time. Born in Aldfield and raised in High Harrogate, he is the district's best-known and outstandingly successful artist. We will be taken around the exhibition by Jane Sellars MBE.

It investigates how Frith put together his paintings, including preparatory drawings and oil sketches, the way he employed models and the nature of his studio. There is also an exploration of Frith's popular success and demonstrate the importance of the mass production of large-scale engravings after his paintings. Such prints not only made the artist world-famous but also, as a retail coup, brought great wealth to his publishers, and were so popular that the Royal Academy, protected them with a rail and once employed a policeman to ward off the crowds.

The group will then move The Orchid for lunch for those who wish to go, which is opposite the Gallery.

Please mention any dietary requirements on the booking form.


This event has been organised by the North Yorkshire Fundraising Committee Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Mercer Art Gallery

31 Swan Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Harrogate, HG1 2SA

Entry details

£17.50 + £12.50 for lunch

To book, please contact Jill Robinson on northyorkshire@artfund.org.uk



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