Leighton, Frederick (1830-1896)


Leighton, Frederick (1830-1896)


Frederick Leighton was the artist hired to illustrate Romola during its serial printing in the Cornhill Magazine. While Leighton and George Eliot had some disagreements on his representation of her characters, they would remain friends after their business was concluded. Eliot hung the original drawings for Romola in the Priory (her London home), and she and G.H. Lewes continued to pay visits to Leighton and he to them. Leighton would go on to become the president of the Royal Academy and was knighted in 1878. Later, he became a Baron in 1896.


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