Letter from William Powell Frith to Henry Keyworth Raine, March 29, 1908

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Part of a collection of 21 letters sent by William Powell Frith to his great nephew Henry Keyworth Raine, dating from March 16, 1890 to March 29, 1908. William Powell Frith (1819-1909), painter of historical and genre works, including large canvases such as Derby Day (1858). “The Race for Wealth” comprises five paintings, all based around a fictional central character, a corrupt financier called The Spider, and all dealing with the theme of reckless financial speculation. Inspired by characters found in the novels of Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope, The Spider persuades his victims to invest in dubious schemes. Often compared with Hogarth’s “The Rake’s Progress,” “The Race for Wealth” portrays The Spider’s initial success, his unmasking, his trial, and ends with his imprisonment. This letter shows William again praising Henry on his portraits, and encouraging him to think about applying to the Royal Academy [of Art]. He mentions again how the fact that Henry is his great nephew has not influenced him.

In Collection:
Creator Contributor Subject Language Identifier
  • Number on first page of letter: 21
Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 2 pages ; 15 x 20 cm, folded to 15 x 10 cm
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 51.50853, -0.12574
Additional physical characteristics
  • Handwritten in black ink. Address letterhead on right hand side: "114, Clifton Hill, N.W.".
Physical repository Collection
  • 19th Century Manuscripts
Provider Genre Archival item identifier
  • Accession Number: 2022-007
Fonds title Fonds identifier Is referenced by Date digitized
  • February 10, 2022
Technical note
  • Scanned on Plustek OpticBook A300 at 600 DPI Tiff. Items cropped and resized for Vault. Metadata by MT.
DOI
Rights
  • Contact Special Collections and University Archives for access to the original. This material is made available on this site for research and private study only.

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