Painter's Honeymoon

about 1864
Frederic, Lord Leighton (English, 1830–1896)


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Frances Vrachos Gallery (Gallery 144)





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.


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)

[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