|William Edward Frost RA (1810-1877)|
Nymphs Disturbed & a Satyr. A Pair.
4 1/2 x 2 5/8 inches.
English, late 19th century, gilded frames.
William Edward Frost RA (1810-1877):
Well known painter of portraits, mythological and historical subjects. William Edward Frost was an early protege of William Etty whose influence can be clearly seen in his work. Etty advised him to study at Sass's drawing school and from there he went on study at the British Museum and from 1829 at the Royal Academy. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1836 to 1878. He was awarded the Gold Medal in 1839 for his painting titled Prometheus Bound by Force and Strength and in 1843 won a prize of two hundred pounds in the Houses of Parliament competition for Una alarmed by Fauns and Satyrs. These successes encouraged him to leave portraiture and concentrate on sylvan and bacchanalian subjects drawn chiefly from Milton and Spenser. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1845 and a full member in 1870. Una from Spenser's Fairie Queen was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1847.
Collections: Royal Collection; British Museum; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge