William Powell Frith

The Salon d'Or, Homburg

c. 1870
Frith was famed for his paintings of modern life. Here we see the casino in the fashionable town of Bad Homburg, Germany. This is a model for a larger painting exhibited in 1871 at the Royal Academy, London. Frith favoured a horizontal format for his works, resulting here in an almost panoramic view that captures the broad expanse of the room. The painting seems to have no single focus: the curve of the gaming table structures the space and the distribution of figures. We might almost fail to note the woman in grey who turns away from the game: her suppressed emotions suggest some personal tragedy to which the rest of the room is oblivious.
Title
The Salon d'Or, Homburg
Date
c. 1870
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
44 x 91.4 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1964
Accession number
14628