Sir Frederic LEIGHTON

Leighton's connections with Cornwall were through the many and various artists with whom he was related within the Royal Academy. He contributed, along with Stanhope FORBES and others, to the mural commissions being offered to outstanding artists for the central hall of the Royal Exchange in London (1894). The subject of his large decorative panel was Phoenicians trading with the early Britons on the coast of Cornwall.

As a mark of respect for the celebratory opening exhibition of the Newlyn Art Gallery in 1895, Leighton sent down a number of works for display, including a sculpture of a female head, Vittoria, and a group of prints from an earlier stay of his at Kynance. The Newlyn artists were very pleased with this compliment to their new venture from the President of the Academy.

Sir Frederic died the following year. During his life-time he exhibited widely, including seventeen works at the Paris Salons from 1855-1900, though none with a Cornish theme. Nonetheless, his Boy Holding a Vase (oil on canvas) is in the fine art collection of the Royal Cornwall Museum.


Painter, sculptor and illustrator

works and access

Access to works: His works are in public collections world-wide and include most main UK museums, whilst abroad represented in Boston; Florence; Hamburg; Puerto Rico and the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven


NAG Opening 1895


ARA 1864

 RA 1868 (President 1878-96)

RWS (Honorary member)

RCA (Honorary member)



Cornish Magazine (1899) Vol II

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall

Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Collections

Wood (1995) Victorian Painters