Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922)

Englishman Leighton was a historical genre painter focusing mainly on Regency and Medieval subjects. Leighton was also a dedicated craftsman; his paintings were exquisitely finished, beautifully painted and highly decorative pictures. He is often associated with the Pre-Raphaelite and Romantic styles.

Edmund Blaire Leighton was the son of the artist Charles Blair Leighton. Leighton s paintings were exhibited annually at the Royal Academy from 1878-1920. Leighton s paintings typically depicted elegant ladies in landscapes or interiors.

One of Leighton s better-known paintings is The Accolade. Signing the Register is a Leighton painting that displays his elegant and charming depiction of the mystery and romance of Victorian women.


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