FREDERIC LEIGHTON autograph Letter Signed.
Lord Leighton. British (English) painter.
ALS. 2pp plus integral blank leaf. 2 Holland Park Road, Kensington, W. 14th April, no year. To [William] Woodall.
"I would have written sooner but that I have been overwhelmingly busy. I am sorry to say that the number of invitations for the 'private view' of which I personally dispense being very limited and in offering any to a few of my many friends it is already disposed [?] of - it is therefore not in my power to accede to your wish."
8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Mounting residue to verso of integral blank leaf but the text leaf is in fine condition.
Frederic Leighton, known as Sir Frederic Leighton from 1886 to 1896 and as Lord Leighton from January 1896, was one of the leading painters of his generation. He was President of the Royal Academy from 1878 to his death, when he was succeeded by Millais. Frederic Leighton was associated with the Pre-Raphaelites from the 1860s onwards and is known for his large canvases of scenes inspired by antiquity and the classics. His best known works include the sumptuous 'Flaming June', 'The Bath of Psyche' and the two large murals at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 'The Arts of Industry'. He was also a successful sculptor and, in this field, is probably best known for 'An Athlete Wrestling With a Python'.
From a 19th century collection made by the radical Liberal M.P. and trustee of the Wedgewood Institute, William Woodall.