View 1 of Lot 48. WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. | The Lover's Seat.
View 1 of Lot 48. WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. | The Lover's Seat.
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WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. | The Lover's Seat

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Property of the Trustees of The Finnis Scott Foundation

WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. | The Lover's Seat

WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A. | The Lover's Seat

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Property of the Trustees of The Finnis Scott Foundation


WILLIAM POWELL FRITH, R.A.

1819-1909

The Lover's Seat


signed and dated l.l.: W P Frith. 1877

oil on canvas, in its original frame by Mr Pond which was awarded a prize when displayed at the Alexandra Park International Exhibition in 1885

64 by 50.5cm.; 25¼ by 20in.

J. Leger & Sons, London, where bought by Sir David Scott in 1947 for £47.5.0.

Art Journal, 1855, p.172;

Graham Reynolds, Painters of the Victorian Scene, London, 1953, p.59, illustrated as plate 21;

Graham Reynolds, Victorian Painting, London, 1966, illustrated p.48, pl.23;

Jeremy Maas, Victorian Painters, London, 1969, illustrated p.114;

Sotheby's, Pictures from the Collection of Sir David and Lady Scott, 2008, p.162, illustrated p.163

Harrogate Corporation Art Gallery, William Powell Frith, R.A., 1951, no.46;

London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Frith, 1951, no.42;

Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland, Sunshine and Shadow - The David Scott Collection of Victorian Paintings, 1991, no.29

This painting shows the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Godwin, writer of Frankenstein, at the time of their love affair in 1814. Frith, who announced himself 'a worshipper of Shelley, and [one who had] read everything respecting him that came in my way', described how in preparation for the present painting he visited the house of Shelley's son at Boscombe in Dorset, where he studied portraits of the poet and of Mary, and upon which he based their likenesses.