Leighton P.R.A., Frederick, Lord (1830 - 1896)
Studies for Illustrations to George Eliot's 'Romola' (1862/63). Black and white chalks. 1862. Studies for 'The Visible Madonna' and 'A Dangerous Colleague', Chapter 44. Provenance: Christopher Fry (1907-2005). 7.5x9.5 inches. Framed: 14.5x16.25 inches.


Leighton was commissioned to make twenty-five full page illustrations and fourteen decorated initial letters for the first edition of Romola. He made these beautiful chalk studies before working the final designs in pen and ink directly on to the block for the engraver. Eliot's novel and Leighton's illustrations appeared together in the Cornhill Magazine in monthly instalments from July 1862 to August 1863.

This work appears in the Exhibition: BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER 2024