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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Lord Frederick Leighton (1830-1896) English painter, sculptor, illustrator

The leading establishment figure in Victorian art, was the first artist to be ennobled. He was President of the Royal Academy for almost two decades, and his presidency was a time of unrivaled prestige, and success. Leighton carried out his duties with panache, and scrupulous fairness. He was a classical painter producing highly finished pictures, and was also an excellent portraitist. Throughout his life he was energetic, and hardworking, and his inability to take life more easily when in his sixties accelerated his death. It is a curious fact that Leighton was only Baron Leighton of Stretton on the last day of his life. His funeral was at St. Pauls Cathedral. 
Perseus on Pegasus Hastening to the Rescue of Andromeda
The Garden of the Hesperides
Hercules Wrestling with Death for the Body of Alcestis
Greek Girls Playing at Ball
Daedalus and Icarus
A Girl Feeding Peacocks
Light of the Harem
Old Damascus- Jew's Quarter

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