'Study', Frederic Lord Leighton

A girl sits on carpet reading a book on a stand

The girl gazes dreamily at an Eastern illuminated manuscript on a Koran stand; her pink and golden silk clothing Middle Eastern in style.

Though Leighton’s paintings were mostly inspired by ancient Greece, he was also an enthusiast for Middle Eastern art. Around this time he was adding an Arab Hall to his Kensington studio house, now Leighton House museum. The model was Connie Gilchrist, a famous child actress.

Painting not on display

This painting is not on display as it will be part of a touring exhibition in Japan until July 2016.

Artwork Details

Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Date: 1877
Accession No: WAG 258