Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

1 portrait on display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

after Sir Thomas Brock
Bronze, 1923, based on a work of 1892
32 1/2 in. (826 mm) high
NPG 1957a

Inscriptionback to top

On back signed and dated at bottom: ‘Tho Brock / Sculptor / 1892’.

This portraitback to top

See NPG 1957.

This bronze was cast from the plaster bust of Frederic Leighton presented to the National Portrait Gallery in 1922 by the son of Thomas Brock. Frederick Brock stressed that it was his father’s wish that this work, along with a bust of Joseph Lister (NPG 1958) presented at the same time, should be delivered to the nation. The bronze was commissioned by the Gallery in 1923 and executed through the Cast Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum for £55. In a letter of November 1922, the manager of the department suggests the proposed course of production: ‘I think that to obtain the best result, it would be for the head to be cast only at the Foundry, and then brought here to be finished in the desired colour’.[1]

Elizabeth Heath

Footnotesback to top

1) Letter from Paul Ryan [V&A] to J.D. Milner [NPG], 14 Nov. 1922, NPG RP 1957a.

Physical descriptionback to top

Head-and-shoulders, chin slightly raised, with pointed beard and moustache, wearing robes and medal of the Royal Academy, and a loosely tied cravat.

Provenanceback to top

Commissioned in 1923 from the plaster bust presented to the NPG in 1922, in accordance with the sculptor’s wish.

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