Poverty and Wealth by William Powell Frith, RA. Signed and dated 1888 at lower left. Oil on canvas: 32 x 47 inches. Provenance: Christie's, 4th May, 1889, lot 139. Exhibited: The Royal Academy, 1888, no. 26
Commentary by Chrisyopher Newall
There exists a smaller version of the same subject dated 1880 (Exhibited Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, William Powell Frith, 1951, no. 43.)
Typical of the London street scenes that Frith painted, the subject's interpretation depends upon minutely observed incident and detail.
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