"Spy" [Sir Leslie Ward]. Frederick York Powell. "Oxford Modern History."
Original lithograph from the 'Vanity Fair' series, published March 21, 1895. 400 x 270 mm.
Frederick York Powell was born in Bloomsbury, London. Much of his childhood was spent in France and Spain, so that he early acquired a mastery of the language of both countries and an insight into the genius of the people. He was educated at Rugby School, and matriculated at Oxford as an unattached student, subsequently joining Christ Church, where he took a first-class in law and modern history in 1872. He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple in 1874, and married in the same year.