(Left) Frederic Leighton by Thomas Brock. c. 1892. Bronze. 32 1/2 inches.
(Right) Statue on the façade of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, near the Brompton Avenue entrance. [Photograph by George P. Landow, December 1999.]
Born at Scarborough. Studied in Florence, 1844 and from 1849 for more than two years at Frankfurt. In Rome, 1852-55; contact with John Gibson, sculptor, and the painter/sculptor Gerome. Settled in London1860. In 1866 settled in Holland Park Road near G. F. Watts. Chief works in sculpture include: Athlete and Python, The Sluggard and Needless Alarms. Like Holman Hunt and Watts, Leighton made small models to assist him in the composition of certain pictures, e.g. The Daphnephoria.
A.R.A., 1864, R.A. 1868, P.R.A. 1878, subsequently knighted. Created Baronet 1886 and Baron (under the title Lord Leighton of Stretton), 1896. [British Sculpture 1850-1914, p. 27.]
Paintings and drawings
- Little Fatima
- David — Oh that I had the wings of a dove! For then I would fly away and be at rest, 1865
- A Pastoral
- Flaming June
- Cimabue 's Celebrated Madonna Is Carried in Procession through the Streets of Florence
- "Lieder ohne Worte" Study.
- Summer Moon
- Gallery of Illustrations for Eliot's Romola
- "Tessa at Home"
- "The Blind Scholar and His Daughter"
- "Suppose You Let Me Look at Myself"
- "The Painted Record"
- "The First Kiss"
- "Coming Home"
Beattie, Susan. The New Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983.
British Sculpture 1850-1914. A loan exhibition of sculpture and medals sponsored by The Victorian Society. London: Fine Art Society, 1968.
Ormond, Léonie and Richard. Lord Leighton. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1975.
Newall, Christopher. The Art of Lord Leighton. London: Phaidon, 1990.
Wood, Christopher. Olympian Dreamers: Victorian Classical Painters. London: Constable, 1983.
Last modified 14 February 2020