Jan. 9, 1819, Aldfield, Yorkshire, Eng.
d. Nov. 2, 1909, London
English painter famous for his crowded scenes of contemporary English
life, executed with a preciseness of technique akin to that of the Pre-Raphaelites.
Frith entered the Royal Academy school in 1837, and in 1840 he exhibited
there his first picture, "Malvolio Before the Countess Olivia." He quickly
gained wide popularity. Elected associate of the Royal Academy in 1845
and a member in 1852, he established his reputation with a succession
of large compositions of everyday English life, the first of which, "Ramsgate
Sands" (exhibited 1854), was bought by Queen Victoria. His most memorable
works of the period include "The Derby Day" (1858) and "The Railway Station"
(1862). Frith later turned to moralizing works exemplified by a series
of five paintings under the general title "The Race for Wealth" (1880).
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