Leighton’s Place in Art is Sealed with a Kiss

edmund blair leighton - alain chartierThe 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).

Above: ‘Signing the Register‘ – City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

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.

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