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. In particular, Volume 3 records the breakdown of the talented Richard Dadd, Frith's admiration for Daniel Maclise, John Tenniel and George du Maurier, and reflections on the vagaries of fashions in art.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)|
Table of Contents
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; Index.