Friday, January 23, 2009

William Powell Frith - The Village Pastor

Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 11,500 GBP (1998)
signed and inscribed l.l.: W P Frith ft
oil on canvas
58 by 82 cm., 22 3/4 by 32 1/4 in.

The Village Pastor was sent to the 1844 Royal Academy where, according to Frith, 'it was amongst the fortunate ''liners'''. Shortly afterwards, in the summer of 1844 and on the strength of the present painting, Frith was elected an associate of the Royal Academy.

London, Royal Academy, 1845, no.498

W.P. Frith, My Autobiography and Remiscences, two volumes, London, 1888, I, pp.113-5;
Aubrey Noakes, William Frith - Extraordinary Victorian Painter, London, 1978, illd. p.12

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