Painter and Sculptor
|Frederic Leighton, 1st
Baron Leighton (3 December 1830–25 January 1896) was an
English painter and sculptor. His works depicted historical,
biblical and classical subject matter, painted for Victorian
Leighton was born in Scarborough.
He was educated at University College School London. He
received his artistic training on the European continent,
first from Edward von Steinle and then from Giovanni Costa.
When in Florence, aged 24, where he studied at the Accademia
di Belle Arti, he painted the procession of the Cimabue
Madonna through the Borgo Allegri. He lived in Paris from 1855
to 1859, where he met Ingres, Delacroix, Corot, and Millet. In
1860, he moved to London, where he associated with the
Pre-Raphaelites. He designed Elizabeth Barrett Browning's tomb
for Robert Browning in the 'English' Cemetery, Florence, 1861.
In 1864 he became an associate of the Royal Academy and in
1878 he became its president.
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|Leighton was knighted at Windsor in
1878, and was created a baronet eight years later. He was the first
painter to be given a peerage, in the New Year Honours List of 1896.
The patent creating him Baron Leighton, of Stretton in the County of
Salop, was issued on 24 January 1896; Leighton died the next day of
angina pectoris. As he was unmarried his Barony was extinguished
after existing for only a day; this is an all-time record in the
Peerage. His house in Holland Park, London has been turned into a
museum, the Leighton House Museum. It contains a number of his
drawings and paintings.
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|His work includes:
- Death of Brunelleschi
(1852), oil on canvas
- Cimabue's Celebrated Madonna
is carried in Procession through the Streets of Florence
(1853-5), oil on canvas. This was his first major work and
was exhibited at the Royal Academy. Queen Victoria was so
taken with it that she bought it for 600 guineas on the
opening day of the exhibition.
- The Discovery of Juliet
Apparently Lifeless (c.1858)
- The Villa Malta, Rome
(1860s), oil on canvas
- Actaea, the Nymph of the
Shore (1868), oil on canvas
- Hercules Wrestling with
Death for the Body of Alcestis (1869-71)
- An Athlete Wrestling with a
Python (1877), bronze sculpture
- Flaming June (1895), oil
- 'The Parable of the Wise and
Foolish Virgins (Fresco)'
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