Lord Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), was one of the most famous British artists of the nineteenth century. The recipient of many national and international awards and honours, he was well acquainted with members of the royal family and with most of the great artists, writers and politicians of the late Victorian era.

He was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire to a medical family. His father was a doctor, and his grandfather had been the primary physician to the Russian royal family in St. Petersburg, where he amassed a large fortune. Leighton's career was always cushioned by this family wealth, his father paying him an allowance throughout his life. Leighton's parents were worried about his choice of career as he wrote in a letter of 1879, "My parents surrounded me with every facility to learn drawing, but, strongly discountenanced the idea of my being an artist unless I could be eminent in art".


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Self Portrait - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Self Portrait
Mother and Child (Cherries)  (detail) 1865 - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Mother and Child (Cherries) (detail) 1865
Bacchante - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Bacchante
At The Fountain - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
At The Fountain
Clytemnestra - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Clytemnestra
Biondina - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Biondina
The Music Lesson - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
The Music Lesson
Dante In Exile - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Dante In Exile
A Bather I - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
A Bather I
Greek Girls Picking Up Pebbles By The Sea - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Greek Girls Picking Up Pebbles By The Sea
A Girl with a Basket of Fruit - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
A Girl with a Basket of Fruit
Electra At The Tomb Of Agamemnon - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Electra At The Tomb Of Agamemnon

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