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LEIGHTON.

part of 1853, a pupil of £. Steinle of Vienna (one of the followers of Overbeck), Professor of Historical Painting at the Academy of that city. During this period several pictures were painted by Mr. Leighton, amongst others a large one of " The Death of Brunellesco." More or less of three winter seasons were next {tassed at Borne in dili- gent study and in painting a large picture of " Cimabue/' representing the procession (consisting in the picture of Cimabue, his scholars, and principal Florentine contem- poraries) which is said to have accompanied with great honour and rejoicing, through the streets of Florence, to the church of Santa Maria Novella, Cimabue's picture of the Madonna. The exhibition of this work by Mr. Leighton at the Boyal Academy in 1855 was a great surprise to the London pub- fic, coming as it did from an artist unknown in England. It was at once purchased by the Queen, and it was re-exhibited at the Man- chester Art-Treasures and the International Exhibitions. Dur- ing four years after this early and great success, the artist resided in Paris, studying, however, under no master, though aided by the coun- sel of Ary Sdieffer, Bobert Fleury, and other French painters. Subse- quently he resided in London, and in 1856 he contributed to the Academy Exhibition a picture en- titled " The Triumph of Music," the subject being Orpheus, by the power of his art, redeeming his wife from Hades. The following is a list of his later contributions to the Aca- demy: — ^"The Fisherman and the Syren" and Eomeo and Juliet, act iv., scene 5/' 1858; "Pavonia," " Sunny Hours," and " La Nanna," 1869 ; " Capri— Sunrise," 1860 ; "Portrait of Mrs. S. O.," "Paolo and Francesca," "A Dream," "Lieder ohne Worte," "Capri— P^ranos," 1861 j " Odalisque," "The Star of Bethlehem," "Sis- ters," " Michael Angelo nursing his

Dying Servant," "Duett," "Sea Echoes," 1862; "Jezebel and Ahab," "A Girl with a Basket of Fruit," " A Girl feeding Peacocks." " An Italian Cross-bowman," 1863 ; "Dante in Exile," "Orpheus and Eurydioe," " Golden Hours," 1864; " David," " Mother and Child," " Widow's Prayer." " Helen of Troy," "In St. Mark's." 1865; " Painter's Honeymoon," " Mrs. James Guthrie," " Syracosan Bride," 1866 ; " Pastoral," " Spamah Dancing-Girl — Cadiz," " Knuckle- bone Player." "Boman Mother," " Venus Unrobing," 1867 ; " Jona- than's Token to David," "Mrs. P. P. Cockerell," "Ariadne abandoned by Theseus," "Acme and Septi- mius," "Actaea," 1868; "St, Je- rome," " Dffidalus and Icarus," " Electra at the Tomb of Agamem- non," " HeHos and Ehodos,^' 1869 ; "A Nile Woman," 1870 ; " Hercules wrestling with Death for the Body of Alceetis," " Greek Girla picking up Pebbles by the Sea," " Cleobou- lo8 instructing his daughter Cleo- bouline," 1871; "After Vespers," " Summer Moon," " Portrait of Sir E. Byan," "A Condottiere," 1872 ; " Weaving the Wreath," " The In- dustrial Arts of Peace," 1873; " Moorish Garden : a Dream of Granada," "Old Damascus," "An- tique Jugfi^ling Girl," " Clytemnes- tra from tibe Battlements of Argos watching for the Beacon Fues which are to announce the return of Agamemnon," 1874 ; " Portion of the Interior of the Grand Mosque of Damascus," "Little Fatima," " Venetian Girl," and " Eastern Slinger Scaring Birds in the Har- vest Time," 1875; "Portrait of Captain Burton," "The Da{^me- phoria," " Tereaina," " Paolo," 1876 ; " Music Lesson," and "Study," 1877 ; "Nausicaa," "Se- rafina," and " Winding the Skein," 1878 ; " Biondina," " Catarina.** " Elijah in the Wilderness," "Pro- fessor G. Costa," " A man 11a," and " Neruccia," 1879 ; " Sister's Kiss,** " lostephane," "The Light of the