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My Autobiography and Reminiscences

Volume 1

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture

  • Date Published: June 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108051811

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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. Volume 1 covers his childhood, training, friendships with Dickens and others, and the phenomenal success of his first crowd scenes, up to and including The Marriage of the Prince of Wales (1865).

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    • Date Published: June 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108051811
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

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    William Powell Frith

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