|after Frederick Lord Leighton
|Rembrandt Intaglio Printing Co Ltd. Magazine of Art. Copyright 1892 Photographtsche Gesellschaft.
|Image 251 x 141, Sheet 302 x 222 mm
A photograveure of Leighton's 'Perseus and Andromeda'.
Lord Frederic Leighton of Stretton (1830 - 1896) was an English painter of historical and mythological subjects. He was the leader of the Victorian neo-classical painters, and part of the second generation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Leighton was born in Scarborough, though he moved to London in order to receive his initial education at the University College School. From here he travelled to the continent, and trained in Florence, Rome and Frankfurt under artists such as Giovanni Costa and Eduard Von Steinle. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1855. The work depicted Cimabue's Madonna being carried through the streets of Florence, and was bought by Queen Victoria; a Royal endorsement which was to launch a prosperous career. When he settled once more in London in 1860, he associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, who were said to have greatly admired his polished style and philhellenistic subject matter. He became the president of the Royal Academy in 1878; the same year that he was knighted. He was made a Baronet in 1886, and raised to the Peerage in 1896, just before his death. Leighton is the only English artist to have been granted this accolade.