The Rejected Poet

The Rejected Poet

William Powell Frith, R. A. (1819-1909)


Oil on canvas

91.5 x 71 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage (Accession no. 1774)

Frith tells us in his autobiography that before turning to his vast canvases depicting contemporary life, he decided to try to realise the scene of "the quarrel of Pope and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, or rather the cause of the quarrel..." (220). [Commentary continues below. Mouse over the text for links.]

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  • Reproduced courtesy of Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage. Click on the image to enlarge it.