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Frederic Leighton English Victorian Neo-Classical painter, sculptor and draughtstman

born in Scarborough (1830) and died in London (1896), aged 66

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Bath of Psyche see all

Death of the First Born see all

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Return of Persephone see all

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1830 in Scarborough

December 3

1839 aged 9

Frederic Leighton becomes a student of a painter called George Lance.

1850 aged 20

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called A Boy Defending a Baby from an Eagle .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Head of an Old Italian Woman .

1851 aged 21

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called The Honourable Frederick Wellesley .

1853 aged 23

Frederic Leighton works on an oil painting called Cimabue's Celebrated Madonna over the course of two years until 1855.

Frederic Leighton works on an oil painting called The Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet over the course of two years until 1855.

1854 aged 24

1855 aged 25 in Paris

Frederick Leighton's Cimabue's Celebrated Madonna is shown at the Royal Academy exhibition, where concerns about its size are expressed by the Hanging Committee.

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Head of an Italian Male Model .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Dr Septimus Leighton .

1856 aged 26

Frederic Leighton works on an oil painting called The Fisherman and the Syren over the course of two years until 1858.

1857 aged 27 in Algeria

Frederic Leighton makes his first trip to Africa, visiting Algeria.

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Head of an Arab .

1859 aged 29

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Garden of an Inn, Capri .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Entrance to a House, Capri .

1860 aged 30 in London

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called May Sartoris .

October 5

Frederic Leighton enrols with the first group to join the 38th Middlesex (Artists) Rifle volunteers (later to be known as The Artists Rifles).

December 12

Frederic Leighton writes to his mother: "though Ruskin stayed about three hours and was altogether very pleasant, he did not say anything that I could quote about my paintings. He was immensely struck by my drawing of a lemon-tree, and was generally complementary, or rather, respectful, that is more his genre." ('Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton', p55-6)

1864 aged 34 in Holland Park

Frederic Leighton becomes an Associate of the Royal Academy.

Frederic Leighton purchases a plot of land near Holland Park and begins work on his house.

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Head of an Italian Man .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called The Painter's Honeymoon .

Frederic Leighton becomes friends with a painter called George Elgar Hicks .

Frederic Leighton works on an oil painting called Mrs James Guthrie over the course of two years until 1866.

1865 aged 35

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Mother and Child .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called David .

1868 aged 38 in Egypt

Frederic Leighton makes a further visit to Egypt, followed by a tour of the country in the company of Ferdinand de Lesseps (1805-1894) the originator, and the prime mover in the construction of the Suez Canal.

Frederic Leightonbecomes a Royal Academy Academician.

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Giovanni Cimabue .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Jonathan's Token to David .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Acme and Septimius .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Actaea, the Nymph of the Shore .

1869 aged 39

Frederic Leighton is promoted to Major in The Artist's Rifles.

Frederic Leighton works on an oil painting called Hercules Wrestling with Death for the Body of Alcestis over the course of two years until 1871.

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Electra at the Tomb of Agamemnon .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Daedalus and Icarus .

January 6

Captain Leighton is elected to command The Artists Rifles by a general meeting of the Corps.

1870 aged 40

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Head of an Elderly Arab .

1871 aged 41

Frederic Leighton works on an oil painting called A Condottiere for a year.

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called After Vespers .

1872 aged 42

Frederic Leighton works on an oil painting called The Arts of Industry as Applied to Peace for a year.

1873 aged 43 in Egypt

Frederic Leighton again travels to Egypt.

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Damascus (Moonlight) .

1874 aged 44

Frederic Leighton works on an oil painting called Daphnephoria over the course of two years until 1876.

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called A Coast Scene, Ireland: Storm Effect .

1875 aged 45

Frederic Leighton is promoted Lieutenant Colonel of The Artist's Rifles.

1877 aged 47

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Music Lesson .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Study: At a Reading Desk .

1878 aged 48

Frederic Leighton is made an Officer of the Légion d'honneur.

Frederic Leighton is elected President of the Royal Academy.

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Elijah in the Wilderness .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Winding the Skein .

1879 aged 49

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Courtyard in Algiers .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Biondina .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called The Countess Brownlow .

1881 aged 51

Frederic Leighton works on an oil painting called Wedded for a year.

Frederic Leighton creates an etching called Abram and the Angel .

Frederic Leighton creates an etching called Eliezer and Rebekah .

Frederic Leighton creates an etching called Death of the First Born .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Bianca .

1883 aged 53

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called The Dance .

1884 aged 54

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Cymon and Iphigenia .

1886 aged 56

Frederic Leighton works on an oil painting called Captive Andromache over the course of two years until 1888.

1888 aged 58

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called An Elegy .

1889 aged 59

Frederic Leighton is made an Associate member of the Institute of France.

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Greek Girls Playing at Ball .

1890 aged 60

Frederic Leighton works on an oil painting called Clytie over the course of two years until 1892.

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called The Bath of Psyche .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Solitude .

1891 aged 61

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Perseus and Andromeda .

Frederic Leighton works on an oil painting called 'And the sea gave up the dead which were in it' for a year.

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Return of Persephone .

1892 aged 62

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called The Garden of the Hesperides .

1893 aged 63

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Corinna of Tanagra .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Farewell .

1894 aged 64

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called The Spirit of the Summit .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Faticida .

1895 aged 65

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Study for 'Clytie' .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Sketch for 'Clytie' .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Flaming June .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Clytie .

Frederic Leighton creates an oil painting called Lachrymae .

1896 aged 66 in London

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Acquaintances

Jean-François Millet French Barbizon School painter

Eugene Delacroix French Romantic painter

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875) French painter

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) French Neo-Classical draughtstman and painter

Teachers

Eduard Von Steinle German Nazarenes painter

George Lance English painter

Giovanni Costa Italian painter

Parents

Friends

Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934) English New Sculpture painter, goldsmith and sculptor

George Frederick Watts (1817-1904) English Symbolist sculptor and painter

George Elgar Hicks (1824-1914) English Victorian painter

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) Dutch Victorian Neo-Classical painter

Siblings

Alexandra Leighton English writer

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