Ward, Leslie (1851-1922; English)
Portrait of Frederick Leighton (before 1878?)
Pencil, c.33 x 25.4 cm (?)
Purchased, 1881
National Gallery of Victoria (p.168.8-1)           

This work is inscribed, lower left, “Drawn from life by Leslie Ward,” and, lower centre, “F.Leighton, Esq.”

Leighton (1830-96) was knighted in 1878, hence the suggestion here that this sketch dates from before that year.


AR 1881, p.54; NGV 1894, p.108 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 2nd bay, no.37: size given as 13” x 10”); NGV 1905, p.118 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 2nd bay, no.6) [£10/10]

The NGV catalogue gives the size, implausibly, as 13.2 x 28.4 cm