Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of Fanny Frith 1870

Henry Nelson O'Neil ARA 

Portrait of Fanny Frith, Henry Nelson O'Neil ARA
Oil on paper laid on board
19th Century
13 x 10 1/4 inches 32.9 x 25.9 cm
By gift from the artist to Mrs Frith, the sitter's mother; Howard Collection, USA.
Royal Academy 1870, no.128 ''Fanny youngest daughter of W.P. Frith Esq. RA; Milwaukee Art Centre, Wisconsin. ''The Inner Circle'' 1966, no.71 Sheldon Swope Art Gallery, ''Portraiture through the ages'', August 1986, no.12
Hugh Nelson O'Neil is known better as a painter of contemporary and historical subjects than as a portraitist. His exhibits at the Royal Academy between 1838 and 1879 include such works as The Meeting of Laura and Petrarch, Before Waterloo and An Incident in the Plague of London. Of a small number of portraits exhibited, three are of the daughters of William Powell Frith RA -the painter of such Victorian icons as Derby Day. The present portrait of Fanny, Powell Frith's youngest daughter, was exhibited in 1870 and a portrait of Louisa and Alice was shown three years later.

We are grateful to Gwen Yarker of the National Maritime Museum for observing that O'Neil often employed the children of his friends and fellow artists as models for the children in his paintings, and for suggesting that the present study may be associated with some larger project.
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