Frederick Richards Leyland

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1879
Model: Frederick Richard Leyland


◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 171 (no. 346).

Scholarly Commentary


This is presumably the portrait of Leyland that DGR did in 1879. On 16 July he wrote to Frederick Shields that “I am doing a head of [Leyland] for a wedding present to his eldest daughter [Fanny], but have begun two already without quite pleasing myself. His head is really fine, but there are difficult points in it.” ( Fredeman, Correspondence, 79. 98 ). DGR met the famous shipping magnate and art patron in October 1865 through the tobacco merchant John Miller (1796-1876), who DGR had known since the early 1850s and who had purchased DGR's Annunciation watercolour (see Fredeman, Correspondence, 65. 145 ).

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