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Head and Shoulders: Study of Mrs Ritchie

Frederic Leighton (1830-1896)

D.2009.27

Title Head and Shoulders: Study of Mrs Ritchie
Object type Drawing
Artist/maker Frederic Leighton (1830-1896)
Support Paper
Medium Chalk
Dimensions h:190 w:135
Credit line Presented by Arthur and Helen Grogan through The Art Fund, 2009
Accession Lot Grogan, Mr Arthur, Grogan, Mrs Helen, The Art Fund (gift)
Accession number D.2009.27

Admire/Desire: A New Gift of Watercolours from Arthur and Helen Grogan

Created using a soft, fine pencil to construct contour and modeling, these preparatory studies reflect Leighton's early academic training in France. In the drawing of Mrs Ritchie he also uses highlights of white to add detail to the young woman?s garment.

The second drawing was made in preparation for a large fresco showing the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins for Lyndhurst Church in Hampshire. Leighton?s study of two of the biblical characters represented are thought to have been modelled on local people.

Admire/Desire: A New Gift of Watercolours from Arthur and Helen Grogan

Created using a soft, fine pencil to construct contour and modeling, these preparatory studies reflect Leighton's early academic training in France. In the drawing of Mrs Ritchie he also uses highlights of white to add detail to the young woman?s garment.

The second drawing was made in preparation for a large fresco showing the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins for Lyndhurst Church in Hampshire. Leighton?s study of two of the biblical characters represented are thought to have been modelled on local people.

People's Choice: D.2009.27

Created using a soft, fine pencil to construct contour and modeling, these preparatory studies reflect Leighton's early academic training in France. In this drawing he uses highlights of white chalk to add detail to the young woman’s clothing.

Frederic Leighton (1830-1896)

Highly important Victorian classical and figure painter, Leighton trained on the Continent. Returned to London, was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1868 and President in 1878. He produced hundreds of figure studies for his large oil paintings; Leighton is the only English artist to have been granted a peerage.