My Autobiography and Reminiscences

My Autobiography and Reminiscences

by William Powell Frith
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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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ISBN-13: 9781108051811
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2012
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture Series
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

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.

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