Olivia and the Squire by William Powell Frith
William Powell Frith (British, 1819-1909) was the son of a prosperous innkeeper and had to be persuaded by his father to pursue a career as a painter. He studied at the Sass Academy and the Royal Academy Schools, and showed at the Royal Society of Artists, Suffolk Street and the British Institution.
His early paintings reflected his interest in literature, with scenes from Shakespeare, Scott and Stearne. His work then became more modern in its subject matter, with Frith painting richly detailed scenes of Victorian life.
His first major success in this genre was Ramsgate Sands (1854) which was acclaimed as an excellent panorama of Victorian life. It was purchased by Queen Victoria. He had many other successful works after that.
William Powell Frith's work is held in several art institutions and collections around the world: The Royal Collection, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Gallery, and The Royal Academy of Arts.
Oil on canvas
28 x 36 inches