A Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881 (1883). William Powell Frith (English, 1819-1909). Oil on canvas.
Distinguished Victorians visit the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1881, just after the death of the Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, whose portrait by John Everett Millais was included on a screen at the special request of Queen Victoria (visible in the archway). Visitors include Oscar Wilde, Lillie Langtry, Frederic Leighton, Robert Browning, Anthony Trollope, and Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone.