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Leighton Family Portraits

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton
by Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton
circa 1848-1850
NPG 2141

Until 4 July 2004
Room 24

This display brings together the earliest traceable self-portrait of the painter Frederic, Lord Leighton, with drawings of his sisters Augusta and Alexandra, made when Leighton was still in his teens. Watercolour portraits of his parents by the miniaturist Edward Foster are also included.


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