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- 'Evening: The West still glimmers with some streaks of day', Thomas Creswick
- 'Her eyes are with her heart', Phillip Hermogenes Calderon
- 'What is it?', Henry Stacy Marks
- 'Weaving the Wreath', Frederic Lord Leighton
- 'Study', Frederic Lord Leighton
- 'Rush Gatherers', Henry Lejeune
- 'The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple', William Holman Hunt
'Weaving the Wreath', Frederic Lord Leighton
In this work, Leighton recreates the mood of classical antiquity, achieving a calm gravity through the pose and overall colour scheme. The relief in the background, apparently showing satyrs and maenads, does not seem to be based on any classical prototype, however. Its relationship to the figure is also unclear, perhaps deliberately so.
'Weaving the Wreath' was sent to Liverpool for the Autumn Exhibition of 1872. Unusually for Leighton it had not previously been shown in London. George Holt seems to have had some part in arranging this. He also seems to have become strongly attached to the picture. He paid the exceptional sum of £525 for it at the exhibition. This was more than ten years before he moved to Sudley and began buying expensive works of art regularly.
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Date:first exhibited 1872
Accession No: WAG 256