Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
William Powell Frith (1819-1909), Painter
In later years, Frith was renowned for reactionary views on new art movements and even before his death his reputation fell drastically, recovering only in the late 20th century.
He was described as ‘The most popular and painstaking portrayer of English life and character, an indefatigable worker, wielding an essentially dramatic pencil’ and a man of genial disposition whose ‘buoyancy of spirit’ was unabated by age. Of himself, Frith wrote: ‘I know very well that I never was, nor under any circumstances could have become, a great artist; but I am a very successful one.’
Dr Jan Marsh
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