GF Watts and Frederic Leighton were among the most significant and influential British painters of the mid to late Victorian period.

Their work was richly varied - including portraits as well as historical and classical subjects. They met first in 1855, and Leighton was soon using Watts's studio, describing him as a 'most marvellous fellow'. The easy intimacy and informality of the relationship is evident in this, the most compelling likeness of Leighton painted when he was still quite young, and it suggests the energy and style that would propel him to the presidency of the Royal Academy and the introspective, intellectual side of his nature that informed so much of his art.


The Hon Lady Leighton-Warren and Sir Bryan Leighton Bt; by descent to Sir Michael Leighton; Sotheby's London, 1999.

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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