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William Powell Frith: The People's Painter at Mercer Art Gallery [Harrogate]

Ramsgate, a seaside resort on the Kentish coast, became accessible for day trips from London in the 1840s as a result of the development of the railways. In Frith's picture children building sandcastles and fashionably dressed young ladies appear alongsid
Ramsgate Sands (Life at the Seaside) ©

This exhibition at the Mercer Art Gallery, marks the bicentenary of the birth of William Powell Frith and examines the role of the oil sketch in Victorian painting. On loan from the Royal Collection is Frith's painting Ramsgate Sands (Life at the Seaside). As part of the exhibition, and for the first time in this country, the oil sketch for the painting is shown alongside the work. Paintings by William Powell Frith are displayed alongside those by other Victorian painters of narrative subjects, including Landseer, Leighton, Waterhouse and Watts. 

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