Two 19th Century Oil Paintings of Victorian romantic scenes by Lord Frederic Leighton (1830 – 1896) | Each is Oil on Canvas | Paintings are unsigned | Each painting has been professionally matted and housed in more recent gold carved wood frames | Dimensions: 15 3/4″ h x 12 1/2″ w (view), 22″ h x 20″ w (frame) | Provenance: From a prominent Massachusetts estate. Lord Frederic Leighton (1830 – 1896) was born in Scarborough, England in 1830, the son of a doctor. His grandfather, Sir James Leighton, was court physician to Czar Alexander I of Russia. Soon after Nicholas I became Czar in 1825 the Leighton family left Russia and spent the ensuring years traveling around Europe, giving Leighton first-hand acquaintance with its culture and treasures. Unlike most major artists of the nineteenth century Leighton did not study at the Royal Academy Schools, but received his training in Brussels, Paris and Frankfurt. Leighton was the only painter ever to be raised to the English peerage. He seems to have lived a charmed life; he was possessed of golden good looks. He studied in Rome as a young man and between studies romped and picnicked with opera singer Adelaide Kemble, her actress sister Fanny Kemble, the Brownings and Thackeray. He suddenly found himself the center of attention, with his paintings the talk of London. He was elected as an Associate Royal Academician in 1864 and in 1878 was elected President. He became a baron in 1896 with the title of Baron Leighton of Stretton, the only English artist to receive that honor. But by then he was a sick man who was suffering from angina. He died in 1896. Although at the time of his death Leighton was something of a national institution, his reputation quickly declined and his work and all that he stood for became objects of derision. It was to be another sixty to seventy years before his work would come into fashion again.
Dimensions: Each is 22″ h x 20″ w
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Date: 19th Century
Condition Report: Very Good considering age and use. One of the painting’s canvas has been more recently relined.
Provenance: From a prominent Massachusetts estate.