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Painter's Honeymoon

about 1864

Frederic, Lord Leighton, English, 1830–1896 English


Dimensions

83.8 x 76.8 cm (33 x 30 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1981.258

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Lorna and Robert Rosenberg Gallery (Gallery 252)

Collections

Europe

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Love is equated with art in this romantic image which -- in its evocation of the past and its precise, controlled style -- epitomizes officially sanctioned academic practice in the late nineteenth century. Leighton, who was elected president of the Royal Academy in London in 1879, spent many years studying in Germany, France, and Italy. The composition and glowing color of Painter's Honeymoon reflect the influence of such sixteenth-century Venetian painters as Giorgione and Titian.

Provenance

By 1864, with Moreby [see note 1]. By 1870, John Smith, London; May 4, 1870, John Smith sale, Christie's, London, lot 70, bought in and subsequently sold to Thos. Agnew and Sons, London (stock no. 6211) [see note 2]. By 1878, J.L. Kennedy Esq., Ardwick Hall, Manchester [see note 3]; until 1981, by descent within the family; June 5, 1981, anonymous ("property of a nobleman") sale, Christie's, London, lot 48, to Richard Green, London for the MFA. (Accession Date: June 10, 1981) NOTES: [1] According to the 1981 Christie's catalogue. The painting was exhibited by the artist at the Royal Academy in 1866. [2] The painting was received by Agnew on December 31, 1870, from "Smith." [3] Lent by J.L. Kennedy to the Manchester Exhibition, May 16, 1878, no. 20.

Credit Line

Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund