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William Leighton Leitch

(1804-1883), Landscape painter and draughtsman

Sitter in 7 portraits
William Leighton Leitch began his career as an apprentice to a sign painter in Glasgow. In 1824, he became a scene painter at the Glasgow Theatre Royal, continuing in this line of work after he moved to London in 1830. Leitch travelled to Italy and Sicily where he stayed for several years and earned his living giving painting lessons to aristocratic families. He returned to London in 1837, and from 1842 gave drawing and watercolour lessons to Queen Victoria and other members of the royal family. In 1862, he was elected to the New Society of Painters in Watercolours and he served as vice president for twenty years. Between 1833 and 1861, he exhibited at the Royal Academy.

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The Monks of Kennaquhair, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(144)

The Monks of Kennaquhair

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(144)

The House of Death (William Leighton Leitch), by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG P6(147)

The House of Death (William Leighton Leitch)

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1848
NPG P6(147)

William Leighton Leitch, after David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG Ax29509

William Leighton Leitch

after David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
carbon print, 1843-1848; published 1928
NPG Ax29509

William Leighton Leitch, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax28976

William Leighton Leitch

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax28976

William Leighton Leitch, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax17249

William Leighton Leitch

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax17249

William Leighton Leitch, by Robert Faulkner - NPG Ax14988

William Leighton Leitch

by Robert Faulkner
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax14988

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David Scott; William Leighton Leitch; William Borthwick Johnstone

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1840s
NPG x18783


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