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BOOK LAUNCH: 'Flaming Dene' a Victorian stunner, model and actress

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Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road

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W14 8LZ

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The painting Flaming June is known as the Mona Lisa of the Southern Hemisphere. Priceless today, this masterpiece by Victorian artist Frederic Leighton was a much-admired work in the late 19th century, as it is today. The model for this, and for dozens of Leighton’s paintings, was Dorothy Dene. The 49 year-old bachelor became obsessed with her when she came looking for work at the age of 19. With his help she became an actress, and reviewers spoke of her “magnificent performances” and her “dramatic force and fire”. Songs were written about her, her photographs hung in shop windows, and tobacco companies used her photos to promote sales. A Barbie-like doll was created in her image.

Coming from very different social classes, the relationship between Leighton and Dene was complex for both social and psychological reasons. In Flaming Dene, authors Eilat Negev and Yehuda Koren trace Dorothy’s life, from her humble background into her shoot into stardom and speculates why Pygmalion never married his Galatea.

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Eilat Negev and Yehuda Koren are journalists and authors, partners in life and work. Their previous biographies were translated into a dozen languages, and were highly praised:

Lover of Unreason- the life and tragic death of Assia Wevill, Ted Hughes’ doomed love.

The First Lady of Fleet Street- the life, fortune and tragedy of Rachel Beer, the first woman editor of the Sunday Times and the Observer.

Giants- the Dwarfs of Auschwitz – the extraordinary survival story of the Lilliput Troupe.

Flaming Dene- a Victorian stunner, actress and nude model, is Negev and Koren’s forth biography.

>> Doors open at 6:30pm for a drinks reception. Talk, titled 'Because of her personal worth' will take place in Leighton's studio from 7 - 8pm with the opportunity to meet the authors and get the book signed until 8:30pm. Special discount on the night only.

>> Tickets are non-refundable

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