The above painting is of “Alain Chartier sharing a famous kiss bestowed by Margaret of Scotland“. (Chartier, a French poet and political writer, was born c. 1385 in Bayeux, France, and died c.1430 and 1446).
About the artist:
Edmund Blair Leighton (born in London, 21 September 1852 – died 1 September 1922) was an English painter of historical genre scenes, specializing in Regency and medieval subjects.
- He was the son of the artist Charles Blair Leighton and educated at University College School, before becoming a student at the Royal Academy Schools.
- He married Katherine Nash in 1885 and they had two children, a son and a daughter.
- Exhibiting annually at the Royal Academy from 1878 to 1920, he produced highly-finished, popular and decorative pictures, displaying romanticised scenes.
- Although exhibiting for over forty years, Leighton was never an Academician or an Associate.