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An English Merry-Making, a Hundred Years Ago

Oil Painting
ca. 1846 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

An oil painting showing a village celebration taking place in the shade of a large oak tree; people in eighteenth-century costume dance or stand chatting in groups and observing the dancers.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil Painting, 'An English Merry-Making, a Hundred Years Ago', William Powell Frith RA, ca. 1846
Physical Description
An oil painting showing a village celebration taking place in the shade of a large oak tree; people in eighteenth-century costume dance or stand chatting in groups and observing the dancers.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 24.1cm
  • Estimate width: 40.6cm
  • Height: 46.5cm (Frame dimensions)
  • Width: 61.5cm (Frame dimensions)
  • Depth: 7cm (Frame dimensions)
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990
Styles
Credit line
Bequeathed by John Jones
Object history
Bequeathed by John Jones, 1882
Production
Presumably a preliminary sketch for the large picture exhibited at the RA in 1847. Six other versions are known.
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 99
  • p. 139Richard Green and Jane Sellars, eds. William Powell Frith. The people’s painter. Bloomsbury, Philip Wilson Publishers, 2019.
Collection
Accession Number
510-1882

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record createdSeptember 21, 2006
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