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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The Spirit Of The Summit - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
The Spirit Of The Summit
Invocation - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Invocation
The Psama - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
The Psama
Gulnihal - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Gulnihal
Cymon And Iphigenia - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Cymon And Iphigenia
Captive Andromache [detail: right] - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Captive Andromache [detail: right]
Light Of The Harem - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Light Of The Harem
Weaving the Wreath - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Weaving the Wreath
David (at rest) (or David:
David (at rest) (or David: "Oh, that I had wings like...
Perseus On Pegasus Hastening To The Rescue Of Andromeda - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Perseus On Pegasus Hastening To The Rescue Of Andromeda
Antigone - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Antigone
Music - Lord Frederick Leighton - www.frederic-leighton.org
Music

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