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William Frederick Lake Price

(1810-1896), Watercolour painter and photographer

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 10 portraits
Originally trained as an architectural and topographical artist in the studio of C.W. Pugin; he exhibited in London at the Old Watercolour Society between 1837 and 1857. His interest in photography dates from the early 1850s, when he became renowned for his elaborate genre studies. He also made architectural and topographic views, including a series at Osborne for the Royal Family in 1859. His Manuel of Photographic Manipulation (1858) and his essays in the British Journal of Photography reveal his interest in harmonising technical skill and aesthetic judgement.

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Jack G Wasserman

20 June 2016, 22:53

Perhaps his most famous image is a watercolor he did about 1835 of Lord Byron in the Palazzo Mocenigo in Venice. It portrays the enormous and lavish "piano nobile" in the Mocenigo which Byron leased for about two years (1817-1819). Byron is sitting awkwardly at a desk on the left gazing, romantically, either at an enormous and famous portrait of Doge Mocenigo or into space. He holds a volume in his left hand, a great dog, possibly, a Newfoundland, is sprawled at his feet. The image appears in many biographies of Byron,guide books to Venice, and in numerous other publications. Reproductions in various media are offered for sale on the Internet.

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