William Powell Frith


William Powell Frith was born in 1819 in Aldfield, a village in North Yorkshire. His father was the house steward at Studley Royal. However, he soon moved on to become a hotel manager in Harrogate. The young William’s artistic talent caught his father’s attention and it was he who encouraged the boy.

His personal life was happy, though secretive. Frith and his wife had 12 children whom he loved and spent time with, unlike many Victorian fathers. You can see this in “Many Happy Returns of the Day”, a picture of his daughter’s birthday party.

However, a mile down the road lived his mistress with 7 more children. Upon his wife’s death he married her and all became public- something which scandalised his children by his first marriage.

His mistress was often painted in his paintings.
He died in 1909 following an illness of 4 days and was cremated, as was his wish. He saw himself not as a great artist but as one who achieved success.


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" Remembering the Past, celebrating the Present and believing in the Future. ∞ The scribbled notes,poems,poetry of our lives." I am a FREE SPIRIT, Mostly known as Mombo " The Mystery Woman " and a rare few call me " Mountian Girl " which they say is an honor and royality. Jerry Garcia - The Greatful Dead - I am a Fiber Artist - Spinning, Weaving and knitting. I am shy and speak little - this is where my PC talks for me. I love music but not rap. But my true love's are humor, old letters,poetry and history of all things forgotten. But also so that the younger generation can read of it too ( gain knowledge ) be it never known or just forgot. There is so much even I don't remember at my ripe young age of 51.
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