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This glass paperweight contains a 1877 painting by Lord Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), titled "Music Lesson". It has a hand-painted brown border. Leighton's visit to Damascus in 1873 influenced the fabrics and the architectural setting in Music Lesson. The stringed instrument is a Turkish ‘saz’. The two girls, depicted in Music Lesson are, however, European, and the younger one is Connie Gilchrist (1865-1946), a celebrated child dancer and pantomime artist noted for her beautiful hair, who also modeled for Whistler and Frank Holl, among other painters.

The large round paperweight measures 3 5/8 x 3/4" and weighs 12.5 ounces with a signed, matching felt bottom.

Sir Frederic Leighton was an English painter and sculptor. His works depicted historical, biblical and classical subject matter. He was educated at University College School, London, then received his artistic training on the European continent. In Florence, at age 24, he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti and lived in Paris from 1855 to 1859, where he met Ingres, Delacroix, Corot and Millet. In 1860, he moved to London, where he associated with the Pre-Raphaelites. He designed Elizabeth Barrett Browning's tomb for Robert Browning in 1861. His paintings represented Britain at the great 1900 Paris Exhibition.

Leighton was knighted at Windsor in 1878. Eight years later he was the first painter to be given a peerage, but Leighton died the next day. As he was unmarried, his Barony was extinguished after existing for only a day; a record in the Peerage. His house in Holland Park, London has been turned into a museum, the Leighton House Museum. It contains a number of his drawings and paintings, as well as some of his sculptures.

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Lord Frederic Leighton Painting "Music Lesson" Large Round Glass Paperweight Home Decor

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: glass, paper, felt
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