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Frederick Smallfield ARWS (16 October 1829 – 10 September 1915)[2] was a Victorian English oil and watercolour artist, whose work shows a Pre-Raphaelite influence.[3]

Frederick Smallfield

Early Lovers - Frederick Smallfield.jpg
The artist's Early Lovers, 1857
Born16 October 1829[1]
Died10 September 1915(1915-09-10) (aged 85)
Finchley, London
Alma materRoyal Academy Schools

Smallfield trained at the Royal Academy Schools in the late 1840s, at the same time as various members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, although he seems not to have been closely associated with them.[3]

In 1858, Smallfield's watercolours were praised in Academy Notes by John Ruskin.[3] In 1860, he was elected Associate of the Watercolour Society (ARWS).[3] He contributed two illustrations, The Shoeblack and A Christmas Invitation, to Passages From Modern English Poets (1862),[3] one called A Father's Lament to Robert Aris Willmott's English Sacred Poetry of the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries (1863) and another to The Industrial Arts of the Nineteenth Century at the Great Exhibition MDCCCLI by Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt, published by Day & Son, London, 1851–1853.[4]

He exhibited works in oil at the Royal Academy until the late 1870s.[3]

His work is now in the collections of the Royal Institution of Cornwall (The Ringers of Launcells Tower, 1887),[5] Manchester City Galleries (Early Lovers, 1857),[6] and the Atkinson Art Gallery at Southport (The Lost Glove, 1858).[7] Some of his drawings are in the Victoria and Albert Museum,[8] including a sketch of a wall decoration by John Gregory Crace.[4]


  1. ^ England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970
  2. ^ England & Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1915. "SMALLFIELD Frederick of 3 Crescent-road Church End Finchley Middlesex died 10 September 1915 at Netherbrook Nether-street Finchley Probate London 5 October to Philip Clisby Smallfield artist and Beatrice Clisby Smallfield spinster. Effects £826 4s."
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Frederick Smallfield, 1825–1915". The Victorian Web. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Design". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  5. ^ "The Ringers of Launcells Tower". Art UK. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Early Lovers". Art UK. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  7. ^ "The Lost Glove". Art UK. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  8. ^ "V & A search for 'Frederick Smallfield'". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 15 September 2013.

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