Frederic Leighton known as Sir Frederic Leighton was an English painter and sculptor. He depicts in his works biblical, historical and classical subjects. He was born in Scarborough and was educated at University College of London. At the age of 24 he stayed in Florence where he received his artistic aducation at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Then he lived in Paris from 1855 to 1859 where he met Ingres, Delacroix, Corot and Millet.
In 1860 he moved to London where he associated with the The Pre-Raphaelites.
In 1864 he became an associate with the Royal Academy and in 1878 became its president. His paintings represented Britain at the great 1900 Paris Exhibition.
Also in 1878 Leighton was kinighted at Windsor and was created a Baronet of Holland Park Road in the Parish of St Mary Abbots. He was the first painter to be given a peerage in 1896, which made him Baron Leighton of Stretton in Shropshire but the next day Leighton died of angina pectoris. After his death Barony was extinguished after existing for only one day. His house in Holland Park in London has been turned into a museum, the Leighton House Museum.
Daedalus and Icarus
light of the harem
mother and child
Hercules wrestling with death for the body of Alcestis
girl in green
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