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My Autobiography and Reminiscences

My Autobiography and Reminiscences
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture

  • Date Published: June 2012
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108051842

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  • The celebrated Victorian narrative painter William Powell Frith (1819–1909) was a born raconteur. His two-volume autobiography of 1887 ran to three editions in the same year. The third edition is reissued here, together with its supplementary volume of 1888. Frith was an ideal commentator on his age. He never lost his early interest in literary and historical subjects, and moved in the highest artistic and literary circles. Yet he also saw himself as a man of the people. His most famous works were his 'modern-life' panoramas, Ramsgate Sands (1854), Derby Day (1858) and The Railway Station (1862). Discussing such projects, he reflects on everything from costume to portraiture, art dealers to female artists, and even picture frames.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108051842
    • length: 1240 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 139 x 75 mm
    • weight: 1.69kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    1. Early days
    2. My future destiny discussed
    3. My career determined
    4. The school of art
    5. The life school
    6. Practice in portrait-painting
    7. 'Posting' from Harrogate to London
    8. First attempts at subject-pictures
    9. My first success
    10. Elected an associate
    11. The Old English Merrymaking
    12. Dinner-party at Lord Northwick's
    13. On subjects
    14. Picture-seeing in Belgium and Holland
    15. Service of art in detection of crime
    16. The Coming of Age
    17. Subjects from Goldsmith, Smollett, and Molière
    18. The hanging committee
    19. Hanging reminiscences
    20. Ramsgate Sands
    21. The Derby Day
    22. Portrait of Charles Dickens
    23. Success of The Railway Station
    24. The Marriage of the Prince of Wales
    25. The great actors of my youth. Volume 2:
    1. The Salon d'Or
    2. Rejected subjects
    3. The pious model
    4. Visit to Italy
    5. The bearded model
    6. The Road to Ruin
    7. The Fonthill story
    8. The Race for Wealth
    9. A mysterious sitter
    10. John Forster and the portrait of Charles Dickens
    11. Second visit to the Low Countries
    12. The doctor's story
    13. For Better, For Worse
    14. Models - thievish
    15. 'Old Masters'
    16. A successful dealer
    17. A strange adventure
    18. Men-servants
    19. The Private View
    20. Dr Doran
    21. My later professional work
    22. A strange purchase
    23. The crazy artist
    24. John Leech
    25. A ghost story
    26. The story of my portrait
    27. Jenny Lind, Mr Barnum, and others
    28. Lady artists
    29. People I have known. Volume 3: Introduction
    1. Great names and the value of them
    2. Prelude to correspondence
    3. Early correspondence
    4. Asylum experiences
    5. Anecdotes - various
    6. An over-true tale
    7. Scraps
    8. A Yorkshire blunder, and scraps continued
    9. Richard Dadd
    10. An old-fashioned patron
    11. Another dinner at Ivy Cottage
    12. Charles Dickens
    13. Sir Edwin Landseer
    14. George Augustus Sala
    15. John Leech
    16. Shirley Brooks
    17. Admiration
    18. On self-delusion and other matters
    19. Fashion in art
    20. A story of a snowy night
    21. English art and French influence
    22. Ignorance of art
    23. Oratory
    24. Supposititious pictures
    25. A variety of letters from various people
    26. Mrs Maxwell
    27. Book illustrators
    28. More people whom I have known

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    William Powell Frith

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