|Cimabue's Celebrated Madonna is carried in Procession through the Streets of Florence, 1853-55, Frederic Leighton|
|And the Sea Gave Up the Dead which were in it,|
1891-92, Frederic Lord Leighton
|Mother and Child, 1865, Frederic Lord Leighton--Victorian sentimentality at its height.|
|Frederic Lord Leighton Self-portrait, 1880|
|Daphnephoria, 1876, Frederic Lord Leighton.|
|Athlete Struggling with a Python,|
1877, Frederic Lord Leighton.
|The Hit, 1893, Sir Frederick Leighton.|
Quite apart from his painting, Leighton was also adept at sculpture, his Athlete Struggling with a Python (above, right) from 1877 was considered one of the great Victorian masterpieces in its time. Leighton was knighted in 1878 and made a Baron on January 24, 1896. He died the next day, therefore owning the record as the shortest peerage in the history of the British Empire. In tribute to him after his death, his paintings were chosen to represent British art at the 1900 Paris Universal Exhibition. Leighton's home in the Holland Park section of London has been turned into a museum of his work. During his career, Leighton was also an enthusiastic volunteer soldier, commanding a group known as the "Artists Rifles." The American expatriate painter, James McNeill Whistler, in reeling off Sir Frederick's lengthly list of honors, positions, and accomplishments is said to have added at the end: "...aye, and he paints a little."
|Two Women on a Sofa, 1875, Frederic Lord Leighton. Virtually all of Leighton's female figures are depicted as indolent and passive.|