Twixt Hope and Fear

Frederic Lord Leighton, P. R. A. (1830-1896)

1895

Oil on canvas

110.5 cm x 84 cm

Installation shot from the exhibition, "Flaming June: The Making of an Icon" (4 November 2016 - 2 April 2017), at the Leighton House museum

Photo: Kevin Moran

Courtesy: Leighton House Museum

Contemporaneous with Leighton's more famous Flaming June, this work shows a mature woman (Marie Lloyd, whom he had been sitting for Leighton for about a couple of years now) with a sheepskin draped over her chair, looking alertly at the observer with a curious expression. [Commentary continues below. Click on the image to enlarge it, and mouse over the text for links.]