The J. Paul Getty Museum

Trial of a Witch, by W.P. Frith, R.A.

Object Details

Title:

Trial of a Witch, by W.P. Frith, R.A.

Artist/Maker:

Caldesi & Montecchi (British, active 1850s)

Culture:

British

Place:

London, England (Place Created)

Date:

1858

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

84.XB.582.2.17

Dimensions:

18.4 × 29.9 cm (7 1/4 × 11 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

Photograph of "An Old Woman Accused of Witchcraft," a painting by William Powell Frith. The painting depicts an interior scene where a nobleman appears to be presiding over the prosecution of an elderly woman. The man, seated on the right area of the image with his legs crossed and his hands clasped together, is accompanied by a clerk, a woman dressed in a ruff, and a young child. The elderly woman stands in the center of the image as another woman points toward her.