William Powell Frith (1819-1909)

William Frith
Pope Makes Love To Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, 1852

Frith described the unfortunate scene depicted in his painting at the 1852 Royal Academy exhibition: ‘Her own statement, as to the origin of the quarrel, was this: That at some ill-chosen time, when she least expected what romancers call a declaration, he made such passionate love to her, that in spite of her utmost endeavours to be angry and look grave, provoked an immediate fit of laughter: from which moment he became her implacable enemy’.

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William Powell Frith (1819-1909)

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Olivia unveiling, 1874