Portrait of Arthur Schopenhauer

Lord Frederic Leighton (1830-1896)


Graphite and gouache on paper, mounted to cardboard support, window

110 x 80 mm (4 5/16 x 3 1/8 inches)

Inscribed below: "Arthur Schopenhauer"

Provenance: probably given by the artist to Lady William Russell (1793−1874), and then found amongst her belongings by her son Lord Arthur Russell (1825−1892). Bought as Lot 151 at Bloomsbury Auctions, 23rd October 2008. The lot also included a letter from Leighton to Lord Arthur concerning the drawing. This is the only known full-length study of Schopenhauer done from life.

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