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Riverside Gossip by Edmund Blair Leighton

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This charming scene is by British genre painter Edmund Blair Leighton

Key Features

  • Two gossiping beauties sit by the riverside in this work by Edmund Blair Leighton
  • Blair Leighton was best known for his medieval and regency genre paintings
  • Though not a Pre-Raphaelite, his painting style and subjects were highly influenced by the movement
  • His works were highly reproduced, and a favorite among the British public during his lifetime
  • Signed and dated EBL 1909
  • 10 1/4" high x 15" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    15 Inches
  • Height:
    10 1/4 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    England/Ireland
  • Subject:
    Miscellaneous
Edmund Blair Leighton
1852-1922 British

Riverside Gossip

Signed and dated "EBL 1909"
Oil on canvas

This charming sentimental scene of two young beauties in conversation is by British genre painter Edmund Blair Leighton. The stylish pair, with their full baskets and fashionable dress, have caught the attention of a dapper young gentleman, rowing down a peaceful river in the picturesque English countryside. Entitled Riverside Gossip, the delightful scene is typical of Blair Leighton's oeuvre, which was dominated by decorative paintings with medieval and Regency subjects. While not an official member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Blair Leighton's work is often associated with the movement, and its influence is seen in the fastidious detail, clear colors and idealized subjects of his compositions.

The son of genre painter Charles Blair Leighton, Blair Leighton worked in the tea business for a number of years before beginning classes at the Royal Academy of Art in 1874 at the age of twenty-one. He exhibited his first work at the Royal Academy in 1878, and continued to do so annually for the next forty years. With his sentimental and historical genre paintings, he was immensely popular with the British public, and by the first decade of the 20th century, he had established himself as an artist who was successful both commercially and critically. Frequently reproduced in photogravure form during his lifetime, his exquisite works are reproduced as popular posters and postcards to this day.

Universally admired, Blair Leighton's eye-catching works such as this one hold a special place in the hearts of its viewers. Filed with joy and nostalgia, his canvases are an absolute pleasure to view. His works are highly valued among collectors, and one of his works, God Speed recently commanded £707,750 at a 2000 Christie's auction.

10 1/4" high x 15" wide

Artist's Museums:
Manchester Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Williamson Art Gallery and Museum
Leeds City Art Gallery

References:
J. Johnson and A. Greutzner, The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, 1988 
Painting by William Bouguereau

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