The Derby Day presents a satirical panorama of modern Victorian life. When it was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1858, it proved so popular that a rail had to be put up to keep back the crowds. There are three main incidents. On the far left a group of men in top hats focus on the ‘thimble-rigger‘ with his table. In the centre is an acrobat and his son, who looks longingly at a sumptuous picnic being laid out by a footman. Behind them are carriages filled with racegoers, including, on the far right, the mistress of a man leaning against the carriage.


  • Title: The Derby Day
  • Creator: William Powell Frith
  • Creator Lifespan: 1819 - 1909
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 1856/1858
  • Provenance: Bequeathed by Jacob Bell 1859
  • Physical Dimensions: w2235 x h1016 mm
  • Original Title: The Derby Day
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Tate
  • Medium: Oil paint on canvas

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