'William Powell Frith', 1880.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photographic portrait of William Powell Frith [1819-1909] taken by Samuel Robert Lock [1822-1881] and George Carpe Whitfield, in 1880. The artist William Frith was popular for his paintings of everyday life, most notably Derby Day (1858). Enjoying great commercial succes, his exhibited work required protection from an over-enthusiastic public visiting the Royal Academy. Frith was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1852. This Woodburytype is from 'Men of Mark', a series of books featuring prominent men of the time, published between 1876 and 1883. A brief biographical esay by Thompson Cooper accompanies each portrait. The Woodburytype was a photomechanical proces patented in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885). It produced high-quality images used for book illustration and remained popular until about 1900.