Center (detail), William Powell Frith, The Derby Day, detail of the scene around the thimble rigger, 1856–8, oil on canvas, 101.6 × 223.5 cm (Tate Britain)
Everyone wanted to have a look at the cast of characters Frith created—their variety provides the modern viewer with a fascinating glimpse into Victorian life.

William Powell Frith, Derby Day

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Monna Vanna, 1866, oil on canvas, 88.9 x 86.4 cm (Tate) (photo: Tate, CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported)
This controversial new movement claimed that art could be divorced from moral or narrative content.

The Aesthetic Movement