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.