Frederic Leighton was one of the most feted and highly respected artists of his generation and became the first British artist ever to have been raised to the peerage.

He had two sisters, Alexandra, who was three years older than he; and Augusta, who was five years younger. The Leightons were a very close family, devoted to each other, and when Leighton died Alexandra tirelessly campaigned for his house to be preserved as a memorial. This particular portrait shows her in severe dress after the death of her father in 1892.


By descent from the sitter to the present owner; Christie's, Victorian Pictures, Friday 7 June 1996 (unsold)

Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road, London, Greater London, W14 8LZ
020 7602 3316

Opening times

Saturdays and Sundays only 10am to 5:30pm Garden is closed. Please note that Leighton House Museum is currently closed during the week for restoration however a programme of public events for adults and families is still available. Please check their website on for details and opening times

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