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

Neapolitan flower girl

Details
William Powell Frith, R.A. (1819-1909)
Neapolitan flower girl
signed and dated 'WP Frith 1902' (lower right)
oil on canvas
13 7/8 x 10½ in. (35.3 x 26.7 cm.)
Sold with a fragment of a letter relating the artist's visit to Naples of 1875.
Provenance
Charles Oppenheim, great-grandson of the artist.
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Lot Essay

The painting includes a self-portrait of the artist, and relates an incident described in the fragmentary letter, in which Frith, on a trip to Naples was stopped by a flower girl who spoke to him in Italian. When he didn't understand, she took his lapel and put a flower in it. This is a smaller version of a work exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1877, (no.316), now in the Hospital Field House Collection, Arbroath, Scotland.
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