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Man in Armour<br>
Signed lower right
 

William Powell Frith
(1819 - 1909)
Man in Armour
Signed lower right


Oil on canvas
36 x 28 inches (91.4 x 71.1 cm.)


Sophia Sanville (gift from the artist)
Isobel Thomas, thence by descent
Anon. Sale, Christie's London, November 12, 1998, Lot 105

Christie's, New York, Sale April 23, 2003,, Lot 88

 

In his autobiography, Frith commented on this portrait: "My other contribution was a portrait of a friend. I changed his broadcloth into steel and called him "Man in Armour". The picture proved so strong a likeness that my friend was stopped in the street, questioned in omnibuses, and received other proofs of his identity with the picture, which was, and is, one of my best..." (Loc. Cit.)

Literature: London News, 8 May 1869 p. 47 (illustrated) London Times, 10 May 1869, p. 12
W.P. Frith, Autobiography & Reminiscences, 1888, vol. 11 pp. 12-3