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b. 1819 - d. 1909

William Powell Frith RA (9 January 1819 – 2 November 1909) was an English painter specialising in genre subjects and panoramic narrative works of life in the Victorian era. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1853, presenting The Sleeping Model as his Diploma work. He has been described as the "greatest British painter of the social scene since Hogarth".

William Powell Frith was born in Aldfield, near Ripon in North Yorkshire on 9 January 1819. Frith was encouraged to take up art by his father, a hotelier in Harrogate. Frith was great uncle and an advisor to the English school portrait painter Henry Keyworth Raine (1872–1932).

He moved to London in 1835 where he began his formal art studies at Sass's Academy in Charlotte Street, before attending the Royal Academy Schools. Frith started his career as a portrait painter and first exhibited at the British Institution in 1838. In the 1840s he often based works on the literary output of writers such as Charles Dickens, whose portrait he painted, and Laurence Sterne.

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          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, O.M., R.A. (BRITISH 1819-1909), A CARD PARTY, THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD
            Feb. 21, 2024

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, O.M., R.A. (BRITISH 1819-1909), A CARD PARTY, THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD

            Est: £3,000 - £5,000

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, O.M., R.A. (BRITISH 1819-1909)A CARD PARTY, THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELDOil on panel15 x 20cm (5¾ x 7¾ in.)Provenance:G.E. (unidentified)Sale, Christie's, London 1867, where purchased by Addington (£112,7s)Thomas Agnews & Sons, Manchester'The intervals between conversation were employed in teaching my A daughters picquet; or sometimes in setting my two little ones to box, to make them sharp as he (the Squire) called it.'-See Vicar of Wakefield, chap. xvi. This study relates to a series of pen and ink drawings for the artist's 1876 Royal Academy picture Squire Thornhill teaching the young ladies Picquet.Painted circa 1876

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          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, O.M., R.A. (BRITISH 1819-1909), A GIRL WITH A FAN
            Feb. 21, 2024

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, O.M., R.A. (BRITISH 1819-1909), A GIRL WITH A FAN

            Est: £1,500 - £2,500

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, O.M., R.A. (BRITISH 1819-1909)A GIRL WITH A FAN Oil on panel, oval 27 x 22.5cm (10½ x 8¾ in.)

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          • 6 x The Birmingham Print Portfolio Prints Including Garden Flowers by William Powell Frith (1819-
            Feb. 14, 2024

            6 x The Birmingham Print Portfolio Prints Including Garden Flowers by William Powell Frith (1819-

            Est: £10 - £14

            6 x The Birmingham Print Portfolio Prints Including Garden Flowers by William Powell Frith (1819-1909), Le Pont Boieldieu a Rouen Soleil Couchant by Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), The Crystal Gazers by Henry Tonks (1862-1937), February Fill Dyke by Benjamin William Leader (1831-1923), Building the Rick by George Clausen (1852-1944), St Tropez by Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), good condition. Good condition. All autographs come with a Certificate of Authenticity. We combine postage on multiple winning lots and can ship worldwide. UK postage from £5.99, EU from £7.99, Rest of World from £9.99

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          • William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Oil on Panel Portrait Painting
            Dec. 05, 2023

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Oil on Panel Portrait Painting

            Est: $500 - $1,500

            DESCRIPTION: William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Oil on panel painting featuring the portrait depiction of a Victorian women in gown reading at her desk. Signed (Lower Left) "W P Frith RA" Framed with arched top in gilt carved period frame. CIRCA: 19th Cent. ORIGIN: England DIMENSIONS: (Image) H: 8" x L: 6" (Frame) H: 13.5" x L: 11.5" CONDITION: Great overall condition. Unless otherwise stated, all information provided is the opinion of DuMouchelles' specialists. Should you have any specific questions regarding the condition of this lot, please use the “Request Condition Report” or “Ask a Question” buttons or email.

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          • William Powell Frith, RA,  - Portrait of Jane Powell, the artist's mother;  …
            Nov. 22, 2023

            William Powell Frith, RA,  - Portrait of Jane Powell, the artist's mother;  …

            Est: £3,000 - £4,000

            William Powell Frith, RA,  British 1819-1909-  Portrait of Jane Powell, the artist's mother;  oil on panel, painted oval, signed, inscribed, and dated 'I give this portrait to / my daughter Louisa Frith / W. P Frith R.A / August 2 1896' verso, 30.7 x 25.3 cm.  Provenance:  The artist;  By whom given to his daughter, Mary Louisa Frith, 2nd August 1896;  thence by descent to the present owner.  Exhibited:  London, Guildhall Art Gallery; and Harrogate, Mercer Art Gallery, 'William Powell Frith: Painting the Victorian Age', November 2006 - July 2007, no. 6, as 'Jane Frith, The Artist's Mother'.  Literature:  M. Bills and V. Knight (ed.), 'William Powell Frith: Painting the Victorian Age', New Haven and London, p.2, no.2, illustrated.  Note:  Jane Frith (née Powell) was born in 1779 in the Shropshire village of Fitz. One of her grandfathers was the landowning local squire and the other a clergyman, but her father squandered the family fortune, according to Frith's account. It is not known how she met Frith's father, who came from a Nottinghamshire inn-keeping background and was House Steward at Studley Royal when Frith was born. Though sternly religious and (according to her son) without any sense of humour, Jane was a loving parent and supported Frith during the early years when he earned little or nothing from painting. She died in November 1851 after years of suffering from painful rheumatic gout.  Frith made the original portrait in 1840, but this version is one of several later replicas he gave to his children.  We are grateful to Mark Bills for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry. This work will appear in his forthcoming catalogue raisonné and monograph of William Powell Frith. 

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          • William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Dolly Varden and her lover
            Nov. 15, 2023

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Dolly Varden and her lover

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Dolly Varden and her lover signed and dated 'W P Frith 1846' (lower right) oil on canvas 31.5 x 31.5cm (12 3/8 x 12 3/8in).

            Bonhams
          • Attr. William Powell Frith, United Kingdom, England (1819-1909), Portrait of a Woman Reading in a Landscape, oil on canvas
            Oct. 21, 2023

            Attr. William Powell Frith, United Kingdom, England (1819-1909), Portrait of a Woman Reading in a Landscape, oil on canvas

            Est: $400 - $600

            Attr. William Powell Frith United Kingdom, England, (1819-1909) Portrait of a Woman Reading in a Landscape oil on canvas framed. Label verso states: Ex. Collection Florence Nightingale

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          • William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Portrait of a young girl; Portrait of a young boy
            Sep. 27, 2023

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Portrait of a young girl; Portrait of a young boy

            Est: £3,000 - £5,000

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Portrait of a young girl; Portrait of a young boy said to be two of the artist's children two, both bear inscriptions (on labels attached to the reverse) one oil on canvas, the other oil on canvas, painted oval, laid onto board the larger 36.5 x 30.5cm (14 3/8 x 12in) (2)

            Bonhams
          • CIRCLE OF WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) A lady at her emb
            Jul. 13, 2023

            CIRCLE OF WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) A lady at her emb

            Est: £8,000 - £12,000

            CIRCLE OF WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) A lady at her embroidery oil on canvas 35 7/8 x 28 1/8 in. (91 x 71.5 cm.)

            Christie's
          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) Portrait of Jane Powell, th
            Jul. 13, 2023

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) Portrait of Jane Powell, th

            Est: £5,000 - £7,000

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) Portrait of Jane Powell, the artist's mother oil on panel, painted oval 12 x 10 in. (30.7 x 25.3 cm.)

            Christie's
          • William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) 'Dolly Varden'
            Jul. 05, 2023

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) 'Dolly Varden'

            Est: £3,000 - £5,000

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) 'Dolly Varden' signed and dated 'W.P.Frith, 1876' (lower left) oil on canvas 44.5 x 35cm (17 1/2 x 13 3/4in).

            Bonhams
          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (BRITISH 1819-1909), MISS KATIE COATES, THE HOUSEKEEPER AT PORTAL, 1853
            Jun. 14, 2023

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (BRITISH 1819-1909), MISS KATIE COATES, THE HOUSEKEEPER AT PORTAL, 1853

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (BRITISH 1819-1909)MISS KATIE COATES, THE HOUSEKEEPER AT PORTAL, 1853Oil on canvas 52 x 42cm (20¼ x 16½ in.)

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          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (BRITISH 1819-1909), PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY, POSSIBLY KATE DICKENS
            Jun. 14, 2023

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (BRITISH 1819-1909), PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY, POSSIBLY KATE DICKENS

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (BRITISH 1819-1909)PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY, POSSIBLY KATE DICKENS (1839-1929)Oil on canvas, ovalSigned and dated '1862' (lower right) 29 x 23cm (11¼ x 9 in.)Exhibited:The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, June 2019, no.11.Literature:Richard Green and Jane Sellars, William Powell Frith, The People's Painter, London 2019, p.28, fig. 17. Frith often used oval canvases, by the artist materials maker Robeson to paint portraits of his friends and family. The sitter is most likely to be someone within his close circle, perhaps Kate Dickens, the daughter of Charles Dickens, and herself a painter of portraits and genre. Her first husband was the author Charles Allston Collins, younger brother of Wilkie Collins. After his death, Kate married another artist, Charles Edward Perugini.

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          • William Powell Frith "L'Adieu de Marie Stuart"
            Mar. 21, 2023

            William Powell Frith "L'Adieu de Marie Stuart"

            Est: $8,000 - $12,000

            William Powell Frith (English, 1819-1909). Oil on canvas painting titled "L'Adieu de Marie Stuart," depicting Mary Queen of Scots as she bids farewell to France after the death of her husband, ca. 1898. With a label from Thomas McLean (British, 1788-1875), a print seller and publisher as well as purveyor of fine art in London in the 19th century. Further labels from Kurt E. Schon, Ltd. Fine Art. Exhibition: Royal Academy, 1893, No. 178. Provenance: Thomas McLean, London, 19th c.; Kurt E. Schon, Ltd., New Orleans, November 3, 1993; Private Minnesota Collection. William Powell Frith RA (9 January 1819-2 November 1909) was an English painter specializing in genre subjects and panoramic narrative works of life in the Victorian era. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1853, presenting "The Sleeping Model" as his Diploma work. He has been described as the "greatest British painter of the social scene since Hogarth". William Powell Frith was born in Aldfield, near Ripon in North Yorkshire on 9 January 1819. Frith was encouraged to take up art by his father, a hotelier in Harrogate. Frith was the great uncle and an advisor to the English school portrait painter Henry Keyworth Raine (1872-1932). He moved to London in 1835 where he began his formal art studies at Sass's Academy in Charlotte Street, before attending the Royal Academy Schools. Frith started his career as a portrait painter and first exhibited at the British Institution in 1838. In the 1840s he often based works on the literary output of writers such as Charles Dickens, whose portrait he painted, and Laurence Sterne.

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          • William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) An English Merry-Making a Hundred Years Ago
            Mar. 08, 2023

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) An English Merry-Making a Hundred Years Ago

            Est: £3,000 - £5,000

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) An English Merry-Making a Hundred Years Ago signed and dated 'W.P.Frith/1846' (lower right) oil on canvas 54 x 87cm (21 1/4 x 34 1/4in).

            Bonhams
          • Frith (William Powell, 1819-1909)), Derby Day published E.Gambert & Co., 1863
            Mar. 01, 2023

            Frith (William Powell, 1819-1909)), Derby Day published E.Gambert & Co., 1863

            Est: £150 - £200

            Frith (William Powell, 1819-1909)), Derby Day published E.Gambert & Co., 1863 * Frith (William Powell, 1819-1909)), Derby Day published E. Gambert & Co., 1863, uncoloured engraving by Auguste Blanchard, slight water staining and spotting, toned overall, 600 x 1180 mm QTY: (1)

            Dominic Winter Auctions
          • William Powell Frith (British, 1819-1909) Woman Reading Music in an Interior
            Dec. 07, 2022

            William Powell Frith (British, 1819-1909) Woman Reading Music in an Interior

            Est: $2,000 - $4,000

            William Powell Frith (British, 1819-1909) Woman Reading Music in an Interior oil on canvas signed W.P. Frith (lower right) 18 x 14 inches. Provenance: Mellors Fine Arts, Toronto, Canada (label verso)

            Hindman
          • William Powell Frith (British, 1819-1909)
            Nov. 22, 2022

            William Powell Frith (British, 1819-1909)

            Est: $2,500 - $3,500

            Dolly Varden, 1876 oil on canvas, signed and dated l.l.c. 'W.P. Frith 1876'

            Shapiro Auctioneers
          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, BRITISH 1819-1909, THE DERBY DAY, Engraving, Sight: 20 1/2 x 43 1/2 in. (52.07 x 110.49 cm.), Frame: 31 1/4 x 53 1/2 in. (79.38 x 135.89 cm.)
            Sep. 28, 2022

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, BRITISH 1819-1909, THE DERBY DAY, Engraving, Sight: 20 1/2 x 43 1/2 in. (52.07 x 110.49 cm.), Frame: 31 1/4 x 53 1/2 in. (79.38 x 135.89 cm.)

            Est: $400 - $600

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH BRITISH, 1819-1909 THE DERBY DAY Engraving Lower left inscribed: W.P. Frith R.A. Pinx; lower center inscribed: London Published March 2d. 1863 by E. Gambart & Co. 120 Pall Mall. / THE DERBY DAY; lower right inscribed: Augte. Blanchard sculpt.

            Potomack Company
          • William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Nell Gwyn
            Sep. 21, 2022

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Nell Gwyn

            Est: £25,000 - £35,000

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Nell Gwyn signed and dated 'W.P.FRITH 1869' (lower left) oil on canvas 105 x 87.5cm (41 5/16 x 34 7/16in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) An English Merry-Making a Hundred Years Ago
            Sep. 21, 2022

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) An English Merry-Making a Hundred Years Ago

            Est: £6,000 - £8,000

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) An English Merry-Making a Hundred Years Ago signed and dated 'W.P.Frith/1846' (lower right) oil on canvas 54 x 87cm (21 1/4 x 34 1/4in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) Kate Nickleby at Madame Ma
            Jul. 15, 2022

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) Kate Nickleby at Madame Ma

            Est: £15,000 - £25,000

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) Kate Nickleby at Madame Mantalini's oil on canvas 22 1/8 x 18 in. (56.2 x 45.7 cm.)

            Christie's
          • William Powell Frith Painting "Olivia and the Squire"
            Apr. 28, 2022

            William Powell Frith Painting "Olivia and the Squire"

            Est: $4,000 - $8,000

            William Powell Frith (English, 1819-1909). Oil painting on canvas titled "Olivia and the Squire," depicting a scene from the play "School for Scandal," Richard Brinsley Sheridan's well known comedy of manners. Signed along the lower left.

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          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (1819-1909) - Conversation
            Mar. 26, 2022

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (1819-1909) - Conversation

            Est: €5,000 - €6,000

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (1819-1909) Conversation signed ‘W. Frith (lower left) oil on panel 71 x 55

            Hermitage Fine Art
          • Follower of William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Waiting for the ferry-boat, Lynmouth
            Mar. 09, 2022

            Follower of William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Waiting for the ferry-boat, Lynmouth

            Est: £800 - £1,200

            Follower of William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Waiting for the ferry-boat, Lynmouth bears signature (lower left) oil on canvas 64.8 x 63.2cm (25 1/2 x 24 7/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • * Frith (William Powell, 1819-1909, follower of). Bedtime, oil on panel, 1867
            Mar. 09, 2022

            * Frith (William Powell, 1819-1909, follower of). Bedtime, oil on panel, 1867

            Est: £200 - £300

            * Frith (William Powell, 1819-1909, follower of). Bedtime, oil on panel, 1867 After William Powell Frith, 1819-1909). Bedtime: a young mother bathing her child. oil on panel, bearing Frith's signature lower right and the date1867, 21.6 x 28.3 cm (8.5 x 11 ins), in an ornate gilded frame Qty: (1) Footnote: With The Fine Art Society, London, August 1961 (as by W.P. Frith) Offered at Christie's, King Street, in the 'Victorian Pictures' sale, 2 June 1989, as by W.P. Frith (with the sale no. and Christie's stencilled stock number verso)

            Dominic Winter Auctions
          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) After the Bath oil on canva
            Dec. 16, 2021

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) After the Bath oil on canva

            Est: £10,000 - £15,000

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) After the Bath oil on canvas 21 1/2 x 27 3/4 in. (54.6 x 70.5 cm.)

            Christie's
          • William Powell Frith (1819-1909) British, 'An Incident in the Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montague', oil on canv
            Nov. 24, 2021

            William Powell Frith (1819-1909) British, 'An Incident in the Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montague', oil on canv

            Est: £10,000 - £15,000

            William Powell Frith (1819-1909) British, 'An Incident in the Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montague', oil on canvas, signed and dated 1872, 44" x 56" (112 x 156 cm), in a fine gilt composition frame, Provenance: Exhibited Royal Academy 1872.

            John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
          • Follower of William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Confidantes
            Nov. 10, 2021

            Follower of William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Confidantes

            Est: £600 - £800

            Follower of William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Confidantes bears signature (lower right) watercolour heightened with white 47 x 37.2cm (18 1/2 x 14 5/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • William Powell Frith RA (English 1819 – 1909) Oil, "The Miniature", Titled Verso, 60 x 50
            Oct. 24, 2021

            William Powell Frith RA (English 1819 – 1909) Oil, "The Miniature", Titled Verso, 60 x 50

            Est: R200,000 - R300,000

            William Powell Frith RA (English 1819 – 1909) Oil, "The Miniature", Titled Verso, 60 x 50

            5th Avenue Auctioneers
          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (1819-1909)
            Oct. 07, 2021

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (1819-1909)

            Est: €1,000 - €1,500

            Daydreams. Canvas. Signed illegibly in the lower left. Description FR Rêveries. Toile. Signature illisible en bas à gauche. Rentoilée. Beschrijving NL Mijmeringen. Doek. Onleesbare signatuur linksonder.

            Bernaerts Auctioneers
          • William Powell Frith (1819-1909) British, 'An Incident in the Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montague', oil on canv
            Sep. 29, 2021

            William Powell Frith (1819-1909) British, 'An Incident in the Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montague', oil on canv

            Est: £15,000 - £20,000

            William Powell Frith (1819-1909) British, 'An Incident in the Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montague', oil on canvas, signed and dated 1872, 44" x 56" (112 x 156 cm), in a fine gilt composition frame, Provenance: Exhibited Royal Academy 1872.

            John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
          • William Powell Frith (UK,1819-1909) oil painting antique
            Aug. 07, 2021

            William Powell Frith (UK,1819-1909) oil painting antique

            Est: $1,800 - $2,300

            ARTIST: William Powell Frith (United Kingdom, 1819 - 1909) NAME: Scene from Walter Scott's "Bridge of Lammermoor" MEDIUM: oil on board CONDITION: Very good. Minor inpainting along edges. Minor craquelure. SIGHT SIZE: 18 x 14 inches / 45 x 35 cm FRAME SIZE: unframed SIGNED: Lower left PROVENANCE: Christie's (has old Christie's marking on verso); Rago Arts and Auction Center, Date 2012-12-08, Lot 567 CATEGORY: antique vintage painting SKU#: 116283 US Shipping $49 + insurance. AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SIMILAR ATRISTS: Thomas Mostyn, James Peel, Herbert James Gunn, William Kay Blacklock, Edward Pritchett, George Sheridan Knowles, Edgar Hunt, Arthur Joseph Meadows, Henry Herbert Thangue, Henry Nelson O'Neil, Samuel Bough, Charles Hunt Jr, Frederick Richard Lee, William Huggins, Alfred Fontville De Breanski Jr William Powell Frith (United Kingdom, 1819 - 1909) The son of a prosperous innkeeper, Frith had to be persuaded by his ambitious father to pursue a career as a painter. He enrolled into the Sass Academy in 1835 (other alumni include Millais and Rossetti) and then studied at the Royal Academy Schools. In 1845 he was appointed RA of the Royal Academy and was elected a full member in 1852. He also showed at the Royal Society of Artists, Suffolk Street and the British Institution. Frith was a member of a circle of artist known as 'The Clique'. Founded by Richard Dadd, their work was characterized by a rejection of academic high art in favour of genre painting. They claimed that art should be judged by the public, and not constrained to conform to academic ideals. The group broke up when Richard Dadd was committed to Bedlam for the murder of his father in a fit of insanity. Frith enjoyed huge public success. On six separate occasions railing had to be erected in front of his pictures at the Royal Academy, to restrain the eager crowds. His early paintings reflect his interest in literature, with scenes from Shakespeare, Scott and Stearne. His work then became more modern in its subject matter, with Frith painting richly detailed scenes of Victorian life. His first major success in this genre was Ramsgate Sands (1854) which was acclaimed as an excellent panorama of Victorian life. It was purchased by Queen Victoria. Other panoramas included Derby Day (1858), The Railway Station (1862), The Salon d'Or, Homberg (1871) and A Private View of the Royal Academy (1883). Following this last work Frith's output began to decline, and he concentrated on writing his reminiscences. He died in 1909, having lived through the age of Victoria. He evocatively documented contemporary life to the delight of her subjects. William Powell Frith is represented in the following collections: The Royal Collection, London; National Portrait Gallery, London; Tate Gallery, London; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand; Courtauld Institute of Art, London; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Dahesh Museum, New York; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma; York Art Gallery, UK; National Portrait Gallery, London; amongst others.

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          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (BRITISH 1819-1909), THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD
            Jul. 21, 2021

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (BRITISH 1819-1909), THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD

            Est: £8,000 - £12,000

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (BRITISH 1819-1909)THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD: THE INTERVALS BETWEEN CONVERSATIONS WERE EMPLOYED IN TEACHING MY DAUGHTERS PIQUET; OR SOMETIMES IN SETTING MY TWO LITTLE ONES TO BOX, TO MAKE THEM SHARP, AS HE (THE SQUIRE) CALLED ITOil on canvasSigned and dated 1876 (lower left)90 x 142cm (35¼ x 55¾ in.)Provenance:E. Stacy-Marks Ltd., EastbournePrivate Collection, UKSale, Bonhams, London, 14 March 2018,19th Century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art, lot 64Exhibited:London, Royal Academy, 1876, no. 250.The Vicar of Wakefield, was a novel written by the Irish author Oliver Goldsmith. Published in 1766, it was one of the most popular 18th century novels of the Victorian age. Written as a 'fictitious memoir' with a riveting riches to rags and back again storyline, Frith had a particular liking for the novel and in addition to the present lot which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1876, also painted two more scenes from the novel which were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1841 and 1842. The second of these two works, Measuring Heights, is now in the collection of the Victoria and Albert museum, London. Both the lot offered here and Measuring Heights depict scenes from Chapter 16 of the novel.Frith often painted happy family scenes throughout his career, which was not reflective of his own personal life; during the course of his life Frith had two families, one with his first wife and twelve children, and one with his mistress, Mary Alford, and their seven children who lived a mile down the road. Described as the 'greatest British painter of the social scene since Hogarth' he often chose literary themes for his subjects including a number of works based of the works of Charles Dickens. He was elected to the Royal Academy in 1853 and by 1876, Frith was firmly established as the most successful painter of his generation. Just the year before he painted this scene his painting Before Dinner at Boswell's Lodgings, 1868, achieved the highest auction price to date for a living artist.

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          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) - The Morning Call
            Jul. 15, 2021

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) - The Morning Call

            Est: £7,000 - £10,000

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) The Morning Call oil on canvas, painted oval 21 x 17 in. (53.4 x 43.2 cm.)

            Christie's
          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) - The crossing sweeper
            Jul. 15, 2021

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) - The crossing sweeper

            Est: £6,000 - £8,000

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. (BRITISH, 1819-1909) The crossing sweeper oil on panel 7 ½ x 6 in. (19 x 15.3 cm.)

            Christie's
          • Circle of William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Young couple with a small child against a landscape in period costume
            Jul. 14, 2021

            Circle of William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Young couple with a small child against a landscape in period costume

            Est: £1,000 - £1,500

            Circle of William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Young couple with a small child against a landscape in period costume oil on board 37 x 27cm (14 9/16 x 10 5/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Henry VIII with Ann Boleyn deer shooting in Windsor forest
            Jul. 14, 2021

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Henry VIII with Ann Boleyn deer shooting in Windsor forest

            Est: £3,000 - £5,000

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909) Henry VIII with Ann Boleyn deer shooting in Windsor forest signed and inscribed 'W.P.Frith.fecit' (lower right) oil on canvas 47.6 x 38.7cm (18 3/4 x 15 1/4in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909), and Thomas Creswick (British, 1811-1869) 'A Gleaner'
            Jul. 14, 2021

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909), and Thomas Creswick (British, 1811-1869) 'A Gleaner'

            Est: £10,000 - £15,000

            William Powell Frith, RA (British, 1819-1909), and Thomas Creswick (British, 1811-1869) 'A Gleaner' signed and dated 'W.P.Frith 1850' (lower left) oil on canvas 89.2 x 64.5cm (35 1/8 x 25 3/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • William Powell Frith (1819-1909) British, 'An Incident in the Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montague', oil on canv
            Jun. 25, 2021

            William Powell Frith (1819-1909) British, 'An Incident in the Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montague', oil on canv

            Est: £15,000 - £20,000

            William Powell Frith (1819-1909) British, 'An Incident in the Life of Lady Mary Wortley Montague', oil on canvas, signed and dated 1872, 44" x 56" (112 x 156 cm).Provenance: Sothebys Sale 6 November 1995. Exhibited Royal Academy 1872.

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          • William Powell Frith (1819-1909) British, 'The Minstrel', a pencil and watercolour sketch, 22" x 33" (59 x 89
            Jun. 25, 2021

            William Powell Frith (1819-1909) British, 'The Minstrel', a pencil and watercolour sketch, 22" x 33" (59 x 89

            Est: £1,000 - £2,000

            William Powell Frith (1819-1909) British, 'The Minstrel', a pencil and watercolour sketch, 22" x 33" (59 x 89 cm).Provenance: Christies 5 Nov 1993

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          • William Powell Frith (British 1819-1909), Twelfth Night
            May. 27, 2021

            William Powell Frith (British 1819-1909), Twelfth Night

            Est: £2,000 - £3,000

            William Powell Frith (British 1819-1909)Twelfth NightOil on panelSigned and dated 1852, further signed and inscribed Repainted 1862 (lower left)22.5 x 30cm (8¾ x 11¾ in.)Provenance:John A. Cooling, LondonFrom the private collection of Sir David and Lady Scholey Sir David Scholey CBE FRSA achieved success as a merchant banker in the City of London during a career which saw him rise to become Chairman and Chief Executive of S G Warburg. A director of the Bank of England and governor of the BBC - his commitment to the arts was reflected in his roles as Chairman of Trustees of The National Portrait Gallery -as well as a Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and a trustee of Glyndebourne.A lifelong interest in music and art has been shared with his wife Alexandra and together they furnished Heath End House, Hampstead- once the residence of John Abbott McNeill Whistler. Regular purchases from the leading London antiques fairs and dealers allowed them to add to those pieces passed down from their families - including a special penchant for Chinese porcelain, English furniture and silver cream jugs.Sir David and Lady Scholey are now moving to smaller quarters in Florence and it is therefore time to scale down and let go of some of many of the antiques, paintings and works of art which have given them so much pleasure during a lifetime of collecting.

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          • William Powell Frith (British 1819-1909), Kate Nickleby at Madame Mantalini's
            May. 27, 2021

            William Powell Frith (British 1819-1909), Kate Nickleby at Madame Mantalini's

            Est: £5,000 - £7,000

            William Powell Frith (British 1819-1909)Kate Nickleby at Madame Mantalini'sOil on canvasSigned and dated 1856 (lower left)55 x 44cm (21½ x 17¼ in.)Provenance:Henry Cooper Esq, 1885William Rome Esq, 1907Sir Alexander Walker KBE, 1948Walkers Gallery, LondonFrom the private collection of Sir David and Lady Scholey Exhibited: Royal Academy, London, 1857, No. 125Sir David Scholey CBE FRSA achieved success as a merchant banker in the City of London during a career which saw him rise to become Chairman and Chief Executive of S G Warburg. A director of the Bank of England and governor of the BBC - his commitment to the arts was reflected in his roles as Chairman of Trustees of The National Portrait Gallery -as well as a Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and a trustee of Glyndebourne.A lifelong interest in music and art has been shared with his wife Alexandra and together they furnished Heath End House, Hampstead- once the residence of John Abbott McNeill Whistler. Regular purchases from the leading London antiques fairs and dealers allowed them to add to those pieces passed down from their families - including a special penchant for Chinese porcelain, English furniture and silver cream jugs.Sir David and Lady Scholey are now moving to smaller quarters in Florence and it is therefore time to scale down and let go of some of many of the antiques, paintings and works of art which have given them so much pleasure during a lifetime of collecting.

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          • William Powell Frith (British 1819-1909), The Rose of Andalusia
            May. 27, 2021

            William Powell Frith (British 1819-1909), The Rose of Andalusia

            Est: £500 - £800

            William Powell Frith (British 1819-1909)The Rose of AndalusiaPencil, watercolour and bodycolour27 x 20cm (10½ x 7¾ in.)Provenance:Berwick House, Shropshire

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          • WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (BRITISH 1819-1909) THE LETTER
            May. 20, 2021

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (BRITISH 1819-1909) THE LETTER

            Est: £1,500 - £2,500

            WILLIAM POWELL FRITH (BRITISH 1819-1909) THE LETTER Signed and dated 1862, oil on canvas (33cm x 25.5cm (13in x 10in)) Provenance: Collection of Dr. John A. Packer, Edinburgh

            Lyon & Turnbull
          • William Powell Frith (UK,1819-1909) oil painting antique
            May. 09, 2021

            William Powell Frith (UK,1819-1909) oil painting antique

            Est: $1,900 - $2,500

            ARTIST: William Powell Frith (United Kingdom, 1819 - 1909) NAME: Scene from Walter Scott's "Bridge of Lammermoor" MEDIUM: oil on board CONDITION: Very good. Minor inpainting along edges. Minor craquelure. SIGHT SIZE: 18 x 14 inches / 45 x 35 cm FRAME SIZE: unframed SIGNED: Lower left PROVENANCE: Christie's (has old Christie's marking on verso); Rago Arts and Auction Center, Date 2012-12-08, Lot 567 CATEGORY: antique vintage painting SKU#: 116283 US Shipping $49 + insurance. AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SIMILAR ATRISTS: Thomas Mostyn, James Peel, Herbert James Gunn, William Kay Blacklock, Edward Pritchett, George Sheridan Knowles, Edgar Hunt, Arthur Joseph Meadows, Henry Herbert Thangue, Henry Nelson O'Neil, Samuel Bough, Charles Hunt Jr, Frederick Richard Lee, William Huggins, Alfred Fontville De Breanski Jr William Powell Frith (United Kingdom, 1819 - 1909) The son of a prosperous innkeeper, Frith had to be persuaded by his ambitious father to pursue a career as a painter. He enrolled into the Sass Academy in 1835 (other alumni include Millais and Rossetti) and then studied at the Royal Academy Schools. In 1845 he was appointed RA of the Royal Academy and was elected a full member in 1852. He also showed at the Royal Society of Artists, Suffolk Street and the British Institution. Frith was a member of a circle of artist known as 'The Clique'. Founded by Richard Dadd, their work was characterized by a rejection of academic high art in favour of genre painting. They claimed that art should be judged by the public, and not constrained to conform to academic ideals. The group broke up when Richard Dadd was committed to Bedlam for the murder of his father in a fit of insanity. Frith enjoyed huge public success. On six separate occasions railing had to be erected in front of his pictures at the Royal Academy, to restrain the eager crowds. His early paintings reflect his interest in literature, with scenes from Shakespeare, Scott and Stearne. His work then became more modern in its subject matter, with Frith painting richly detailed scenes of Victorian life. His first major success in this genre was Ramsgate Sands (1854) which was acclaimed as an excellent panorama of Victorian life. It was purchased by Queen Victoria. Other panoramas included Derby Day (1858), The Railway Station (1862), The Salon d'Or, Homberg (1871) and A Private View of the Royal Academy (1883). Following this last work Frith's output began to decline, and he concentrated on writing his reminiscences. He died in 1909, having lived through the age of Victoria. He evocatively documented contemporary life to the delight of her subjects. William Powell Frith is represented in the following collections: The Royal Collection, London; National Portrait Gallery, London; Tate Gallery, London; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand; Courtauld Institute of Art, London; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Dahesh Museum, New York; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma; York Art Gallery, UK; National Portrait Gallery, London; amongst others.

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          • William Powell Frith, R.A. (British, 1819-1909) Scene from 'She Stoops to C
            Apr. 21, 2021

            William Powell Frith, R.A. (British, 1819-1909) Scene from 'She Stoops to C

            Est: $15,000 - $20,000

            William Powell Frith, R.A. (British, 1819-1909) Scene from 'She Stoops to Conquer' oil on canvas 50 x 39 ¾ in. (127 x 101 cm.)

            Christie's
          • William Powell Frith (UK,1819-1909) oil painting antique
            Feb. 07, 2021

            William Powell Frith (UK,1819-1909) oil painting antique

            Est: $1,900 - $2,100

            ARTIST: William Powell Frith (United Kingdom, 1819 - 1909) NAME: Scene from Walter Scott's "Bridge of Lammermoor" MEDIUM: oil on board CONDITION: Very good. Minor inpainting along edges. Minor craquelure. SIGHT SIZE: 18 x 14 inches / 45 x 35 cm FRAME SIZE: unframed SIGNED: Lower left PROVENANCE: Christie's (has old Christie's marking on verso); Rago Arts and Auction Center, Date 2012-12-08, Lot 567 CATEGORY: antique vintage painting SKU#: 116283 US Shipping $49 + insurance. AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SIMILAR ATRISTS: Thomas Mostyn, James Peel, Herbert James Gunn, William Kay Blacklock, Edward Pritchett, George Sheridan Knowles, Edgar Hunt, Arthur Joseph Meadows, Henry Herbert Thangue, Henry Nelson O'Neil, Samuel Bough, Charles Hunt Jr, Frederick Richard Lee, William Huggins, Alfred Fontville De Breanski Jr William Powell Frith (United Kingdom, 1819 - 1909) The son of a prosperous innkeeper, Frith had to be persuaded by his ambitious father to pursue a career as a painter. He enrolled into the Sass Academy in 1835 (other alumni include Millais and Rossetti) and then studied at the Royal Academy Schools. In 1845 he was appointed RA of the Royal Academy and was elected a full member in 1852. He also showed at the Royal Society of Artists, Suffolk Street and the British Institution. Frith was a member of a circle of artist known as 'The Clique'. Founded by Richard Dadd, their work was characterized by a rejection of academic high art in favour of genre painting. They claimed that art should be judged by the public, and not constrained to conform to academic ideals. The group broke up when Richard Dadd was committed to Bedlam for the murder of his father in a fit of insanity. Frith enjoyed huge public success. On six separate occasions railing had to be erected in front of his pictures at the Royal Academy, to restrain the eager crowds. His early paintings reflect his interest in literature, with scenes from Shakespeare, Scott and Stearne. His work then became more modern in its subject matter, with Frith painting richly detailed scenes of Victorian life. His first major success in this genre was Ramsgate Sands (1854) which was acclaimed as an excellent panorama of Victorian life. It was purchased by Queen Victoria. Other panoramas included Derby Day (1858), The Railway Station (1862), The Salon d'Or, Homberg (1871) and A Private View of the Royal Academy (1883). Following this last work Frith's output began to decline, and he concentrated on writing his reminiscences. He died in 1909, having lived through the age of Victoria. He evocatively documented contemporary life to the delight of her subjects. William Powell Frith is represented in the following collections: The Royal Collection, London; National Portrait Gallery, London; Tate Gallery, London; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand; Courtauld Institute of Art, London; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Dahesh Museum, New York; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma; York Art Gallery, UK; National Portrait Gallery, London; amongst others.

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