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Leighton House

Create and Make

Explore the Ancient Greek and Roman past through Leighton's art and the stories that inspired him.

Frederic Leighton, Clytie, 1896.

Our Create and Make series explores famous artworks and inspiring spaces in Leighton House and encourages everyone to get creative.  Download the activity sheets and find out more with our video series on YouTube.

Myths and Legends


Learn the tragic tale of the heartbroken  nymph Clytie and discover Leighton's  intense and beautiful painting.

Orpheus and Eurydice

Discover Leighton's painting capturing a moment in the tragic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Echo and Narcissus

Discover this tale of vanity and the beautiful space it inspired at Leighton House.

Daedalus and Icarus

Look at  Leighton's oil sketches and discover this tale of fatherly love, ingenuity and hubris.


Discover the painting inspired by this tale of revenge and a mother's love.

Download Create and Make activity sheets

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You will need art materials and ideally access to the internet for research, and a printer if you want to keep the booklet.


Looking for more inspiration?

Watch the video series Myths and Legends: Stories from Leighton House with fabulous storyteller Vanessa Woolf on our YouTube channel. You'll also learn more about Clytie with our short clip from An Object in Focus series and don't miss the History of Leighton House article  for fascinating insights into unique spaces such as the Narcissus Hall.