Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton (1830-1896), Painter; President of the Royal Academy
In 1870, Benjamin Disraeli based a character in his novel, Lothair, upon the then 40-year-old Leighton. In describing the painter Gaston Phoebus, Disraeli manages to capture something of Leighton’s good looks and air of good fortune:
His appearance was striking … his form, athletic though lithe and symmetrical, was crowned by a countenance aquiline but delicate, and from many circumstances of a remarkable radiancy. The lustre of his complexion, the fire of the eye, and his chestnut hair in profuse curls, contributed much to this dazzling effect.
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