Lord Frederick Leighton (1830-1896)
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A Victorian painting worth up to $335,000 was recently discovered at a country house in Suffolk, 80 years after the art market had lost track of it. “Cleobulos Instructing his Daughter Cleobuline” by Lord Leighton hung high in a lofty hall. The classical painting, measuring 2 ft by 3 ft 3 in, was one of three exhibited by the artist at the Royal Academy 1871 summer exhibition.
Its location has been unknown since 1916.
The catalogue for the Leighton centenary exhibition at The Royal Academy in Piccadilly, seen by 118,000 people between February and April this year, described the study as “untraced”. The family wishes to remain anonymous. They always believed the study to be a Leighton, but had no idea of its potential auction value. The discovery of this virtually unknown work is particularly important as it is from a rich and intriguing phase of Lord Leighton’s career.
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