- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: The History Press; First Edition edition (January 25, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0750938455
- ISBN-13: 978-0750938457
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.7 inches
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William Powell Frith: A Painter & His World First Edition Edition
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In this amiably chatty portrait, Wood introduces William Powell Frith, one of the most popular and yet long-forgotten Victorian painters. No great visionary but rather a skilled draftsman famous in his day for crowd scenes that illuminated the strata of the British class system, Frith was one of the first painters of modern life, as opposed to historical subjects, and among the first to become rich. His exact contemporary, Queen Victoria, was a fan, although in later life she failed to reward him with a title, perhaps because she had caught wind of the painter's secret domestic situation: he kept a mistress, had several children by her, and later married her after his first wife died. Happily, Wood emulates Frith's best quality: he was a magnificent raconteur, telling lively, delightfully detailed stories about the London art world and literary circles. Friends with Dickens, Frith testified in the Whistler v. Ruskin trial, and hung out with the cartoonists of Punch. He must have been excellent company; Wood's biography certainly is. Kevin Nance
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About the Author
Christopher Wood has been an art dealer for over thirty years and is the author of The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, Paradise Lost, The Pre-Raphaelites, Painted Gardens and numerous other books. He appears regularly on The Antiques Roadshow, and has been the curator for a number of exhibitions. He lives in London.
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