Admision ticket to see 'The Railway Station' by W P Frith, 1865.
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Lithograph inscribed 'Admit [Geo Turnbull Esq] and friend to View The Celebrated Picture by W P Frith R A of 'The Railway Station'. The ticket was valid between May and June of 1865 for Henry Graves & Co's Gallery at 6 Pall Mall, London. The oil painting 'The Railway Station' (1862) by William Powell Frith (1819-1909) shows pasengers on a crowded station platform, preparing to board a train. Frith became well-known for his detailed modern-life subjects, with engravings after his paintings such as 'The Railway Station' becoming particularly popular and selling in large quantities. The art critic John Ruskin (1819-1900) hailed Frith's work as the art of the future.