TRAVELS WITH LORD
On the Road to…
With this programme of films and travelogues,
we share beautiful performances by exceptional musicians and
armchair travel with Leighton to some of the countries he loved. Be
inspired by the artworks Leighton collected and the sketches and
paintings he made whilst abroad to get creative at home.
ON THE ROAD TO TURKEY
Leighton made a long trip across Greece, Austria and Turkey in
1867 and made many pencil and oil sketches as he
travelled. Leighton collected Iznik plates to decorate the
walls of his house, the dining room in particular. He
appreciated the rich, exuberant colours and patterns.
TO 'A SIRTO', a vibrant and uplifting dance which grew
extremely popular in the 19th century, performed by the
French-Tunisian Harkan Duo.
ON THE ROAD TO SPAIN
Leighton's visited Spain at least four times, between 1865 and
1869. His attraction for the Peninsula, although fascinating, is
little-researched and it is only known through half a dozen
landscape studies, often unidentified, and a lecture given to the
students of the Royal Academy in 1889.
'ASTURIAS' performed by the Harkan Duo.
'Asturias' is a beautiful piece by renown Spanish composer Isaac
Albeniz (1860-1909). Despite the name, the music is not
considered suggestive of the folk music of the northern Spanish
region of Asturias, but rather
of Andalusian traditions, a region that Leighton depicted
in many of his delicate colour sketches.
ON THE ROAD TO ITALY
Leighton made a point of visiting his beloved Italy every year
and found the country a constant source of inspiration. It was also
in Italy that he made two of the most significant friendships of
his life, with the Italian artist Giovanni Costa and the singer
TO ITALIAN COMPOSERS Giuseppe Domenico
Scarlatti (1685 – 1757) and Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (1671 –
1751), performed by the brilliant classical guitarist Santy
Masciarò, featuring the following pieces: Sonata K.380 by Giuseppe
Domenico Scarlatti and Adagio in G Minor by Tomaso Giovanni
The Arab Hall inscriptions
A new research sheds new light into
the inscriptions found in Leighton's Arab Hall and
presents fascinating insights into the meaning
of the poems and Quran quotations featured
in his stunning collection of tiles. Findings also
suggest Leighton's aesthetic aspirations when designing the
arrangement of the tiles on the walls, dismissing some of the
rules of Arabic calligraphy to favour elements like symmetry
or harmony in the colour scheme.
BOOKLET about Arab Hall inscriptions