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Old Masters Diamond Painting Kit Delivering the New Hat by Edmund Blair Leighton

Old Masters Diamond Painting Kit Delivering the New Hat by Edmund Blair Leighton

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Old Masters Diamond Painting Kit Delivering the New Hat by Edmund Blair Leighton

Details of the original painting

  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • 35.25" x 15.25" in

 Your masterpiece

  • Full drill, square
  • 18 x 42.5 inches
  • Poured glue
  • Artist canvas

Skill level - expert
Made in America
Diamond drills and accessories are sourced from China

This painting is in an unknown location.

Edmund Blair Leighton ROI (21 September 1852 – 1 September 1922) was an esteemed English painter renowned for his evocative historical genre scenes, particularly focusing on Regency and medieval themes. He is closely linked with the pre-Raphaelite movement that flourished during the mid-to-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Born to artist Charles Blair Leighton (1823–1855) and Caroline Leighton (née Boosey), Leighton's artistic journey began with formal education at University College School. However, his passion for art led him to pursue evening classes in South Kensington and later attend Heatherley's School in London's Newman Street. At the age of 21, he enrolled in the prestigious Royal Academy Schools.

Leighton's artistic career commenced with commissions for monochrome illustrations for Cassell's Magazine and its Book of British Ballads. His debut exhibition at the Royal Academy, featuring the painting "A Flaw in the Title" in 1874, garnered significant attention, selling for £200. Subsequently, he transitioned from "black and white" illustrations to exclusively working in oil on canvas for the remainder of his career. In 1885, he married Katherine Nash, with whom he had a son, E. J. Blair Leighton, also a painter, and a daughter. Leighton continued to exhibit annually at the Royal Academy until 1920.

Renowned for his meticulous craftsmanship, Leighton crafted highly polished, decorative historical paintings that often depicted romanticized scenes of chivalry and medieval women, appealing to a wide audience. Despite his prolific output and long-standing association with the Royal Academy, Leighton never attained the status of an Academician or an Associate. Notably, he left no diaries, leaving his captivating artwork to speak for itself across the decades.

The author died in 1922, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or fewer.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1929.
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