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‘He Never Married’: Leighton's Private Life
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 from 19:00 to 20:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
Despite the autobiographical nature of Clytie, Leighton’s inner emotions were seldom conveyed in his art. This talk will discuss the difficulty of getting a grip on Leighton’s elusive personality. Leighton's surviving letters are frustratingly matter-of-fact; the archives of some of his closest friends, such as George Aitchison, have disappeared. Only his Coutts' bank account has revealed clues to a more complex private life.
Dr Caroline Dakers is professor of cultural history at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. Her most recent publication is A Genius for Money, art, business and the Morrisons published by Yale University Press 2011. She co-curated with Daniel Robbins the exhibition at Leighton House on George Aitchison (2011). Her book The Holland Park Circle, Artists and Victorian Society was published by Yale in 1999.
Doors open 6.30pm.
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Leighton House Museum
Located on the edge of Holland Park in Kensington, the house is one of the most remarkable buildings of the 19th century.
The house was the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). The Arab Hall is the centerpiece of the house. Designed to display Leighton's priceless collection of over a thousand Islamic tiles, mostly brought back from Damascus in Syria, the interior with its gold mosaics, marble columns and golden dome evokes a compelling vision of the Orient.
The opulence continues through the other richly decorated interiors, with elaborate mosaic floors and walls lined with peacock blue tiles by the ceramic artist William De Morgan. On the first floor is the Silk Room with its display of paintings by Leighton’s friends and contemporaries and the grand painting studio with its great north window, dome and apse – the room in which all Leighton’s important later works were produced including the celebrated Flaming June.