Clytie, 1896

Oil on canvas

156 x 136cm

Provenance

  • The executors of Lord Leighton, by whom consigned to the Fine Art Society, London
  • Sir James Knowles; his sale, Christie's London, 29 May 1908, lot 391.
  • Purchased by Sampson at the above sale.
  • Prince Shri Ranjitsinhji, GSCI, GBE (1872-1933); thence by family descent.
  • Private collection.
  • Sotheby's London, 6 November 1995, lot 237.
  • Private collection.
  • Sotheby's London, 4 June 1997, lot 154.
  • The John Schaeffer Collection, Australia (by whom purchased at the above sale).
  • Private collection, Germany,from October 2004.
  • Nevill Keating Pictures Ltd, from whom purchased by Leighton House Museum, 2008.

Exhibition history

  • 1896, Royal Academy of Arts, London, catalogue number 213.
  • 04 January 1897 to 13 March 1897. 'Exhibition of Works by the Late Lord Leighton of
  • Stretton President of the Royal Academy: Winter Exhibition'. Royal Academy of Arts,
  • London, catalogue number 60.
  • 1996, 'Frederic Leighton, 1830-1896', Royal Academy of Arts, London,
  • catalogue number 125.
  • 2000, 'Art at the Crossroads', Royal Academy of Arts, London,
  • Guggenheim Museum, New York, catalogue number 27.
  • 2000 to 2001, Masterpieces of Victorian Art, from the John and Julie Schaeffer
  • Collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • 19 April - 9 September, 'Pre-Raphaelites and Olympians', Art Gallery
  • of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • 2001-2002, 'Love and Death: Art in the Age of Queen Victoria', Art Gallery of 
  • South Australia, Adelaide (Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney;
  • Oueensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Toi o Tamaki Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland).
  • 8 November 2006 to 25 February 2007, 'A Victorian Master; Drawings by
  • Frederic, Lord Leighton', Leighton House Museum, London.
  • 30 May to 13 September 2009, 'Frederic, Lord Leighton: An English
  • Artist', Villa Stuck, Munich catalogue number 14.
  • 08 to 12 October 2009, 'Frederic, Lord Leighton: Treasures from
  • Leighton House Museum', Art London, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London.
  • 16 October to 30 November 2009, 'Treasures from Leighton House',
  • The Worshipful Company of Grocers, London.
  • 20 January to 11 June 2012, 'In the Footsteps of Gods and Heroes', Russell-Cotes Art
  • Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth

Further Reading

ART JOURNAL, 1896, p.182

ARSCOTT, Caroline: 'The Artist as Artificer'; in Barringer, T and Prettejohn, E (eds) Frederic Leighton. Antiquity, Renaissance, Modernity, Studies in British Art 5, New Haven and London, 1999, p. 14, pl. 9

ATHENAEUM. 22 February 1896, p.257

BARLOW, Paul: 'Transparent Bodies, Opaque Identities: Personification, Narrative and Portraiture', in Barringer, T and Prettejohn, E (eds) Frederic Leighton. Antiquity, Renaissance, Modernity, Studies in British Art 5, New Haven and London, 1999, pp. 196, 215

BARRINGTON, Mrs Russell. The Life, Letters and Works of Frederic Leighton, London, 1906, vol. II, p. 96, 263, 327.

BERESFORD, Richard: Pre-Raphaelites and Olympians. Selected Works of Victorian Art from the John and Julie Schaeffer and the Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, exhibition catalogue, Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2001, p. 43 (illustrated).

EDGCUMBE, Staley. Lord Leighton of Stretton, London, 1906, pp. 160, 170-72.

ERNEST, Rhys. Frederic, Lord Leighton, London, 1898, pp.38-9.

KESTNER, Joseph A: Mythology and Misogyny. The Social Discourse of Nineteenth Century British Classical Subject Painting, Madison, Wisconsin, 1989, pp. 146, 161, 301.

JONES, Stephen et al.: Frederic, Lord Leighton. Eminent Victorian Artist, exhibition catalogue (London, Royal Academy, 1996), no. 125, p. 240 (illustrated).

MAGAZINE OF ART, 1896, p.293.

MARTIN, Philippa. A Victorian Master, Drawings by Frederic Leighton, Lord Leighton, exhibition catalogue, London, Leighton House Museum, Scarborough Art Gallery, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bournemouth, Russell-Coates Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, 2006-08, pp. 7, 99, 106 - 07 (illustrated p. 106, fig. 30; this painting exhibited only in London).

NEWALL, Christopher: The Art of Lord Leighton, Oxford, 1990, p.128.

ORMOND, Richard and Leonée: Lord Leighton, London, 1975, pp. 53, 120, 127-28, 135, 142, 173, no. 396 (illustrated pl. 192).

PRETTEJOHN, Elisabeth: Frederic Leighton. Antiquity, Renaissance, Modernity, Studies in British Art 5. New Haven and London, 1999.

ROSENBLUM, R; STEVENS, M and DUMAS, A, 1900: Art at the Crossroads, exhibition catalogue (London, Royal Academy, 2000), p. 438 (illustrated title-page, pp.2-3 (detail) and p. 99). 

STEPHENS, George Frederic: Review of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Athenaeum, 2 March 1986, p.182.

TRUMBLE, Angus: Love and Death, Art in the Age of Queen Victoria, exhibition catalogue, Adelaide, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2001, pp. 106-07 (illustrated p. 107).  

WOOD, Christopher: Olympian Dreamers. Victorian Classical Painters 1860-1914, London, 1993, pp. 70, 77, 149 (illustrated pl. 22).

WOOD, Christopher: Victorian Painting, London, 1999, p. 186 and p. 192 (illustrated pl. 227).


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