Dante's Leah by George Dunlop Leslie (1835-1921). Before 1883. Oil on canvas. Collection T. H. Trist as of 1883. Source: Magazine of Art 6 (1883): 66. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

“'Silver and Gold' [by Arthur Hughes] and Mr. G. D. Leslie's 'Leah' (from Dante's 'Purgatorio') come nearer to what the public reckons as Pre-Raphaelite than any other of the works we print; for they are 'purist' in feeling and filled with almost infinite detail of grass and leaf and flower. Much as we admire Mr. Lelsie's later work, which has kept before us constant visions of the innocent beauty and unsophisticated elegance of English girls, there is enough intellectual effort in his 'Leah' (exhibited in 1860) to make half a dozen of his Celies and Pollies” (66).

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Monkhouse, Cosmo. “A Pre-Raphaelite Collection.” Magazine of Art. 6 (November 1882-October 1883): 62-70. Internet Archive version of a copy in the University of Toronto Library. Web. 8 September 2013.

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