Portrait of Carlo Eduardo Perugini (1839 - 1918) by Lord Frederic Leighton

Leighton met Perugini in Rome in 1854 and they struck up a friendship.


Oil on canvas
35.5 x 30 cm
Art Fund grant:
£35,000 ( Total: £48,000)
Acquired in:

Perugini family legend suggests that the portrait was inspired by a fancy-dress ball that the two men attended together. Perugini is depicted in the costume of an Elizabethan gentleman with ruff but none of the jewellery that was popular during that period. Leighton wanted to express greater naturalism in his work and considered this portrait to be a wonderful example of this period of his artistic development.


Family of Charles Edward Perugini by descent since 1855; Bonhams.

Venue details

Leighton House Museum 12 Holland Park Road, LONDON London W14 8LZ 020 7602 3316 www.leightonhouse.co.uk

Entry details

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