12 June 2001
Frederic, Lord Leighton, P.R.A. (1830-1896)
A Study for Iostephane
oil on canvas, laid down on board
6 x 3 1/8 in. (15.3 x 7.8 cm.)
with The Fine Art Society, London, 1897.
with Charles Jerdein, London.
with J.S. Maas & Co., Ltd., London.
Anon. sale; Sotheby's Parke Bernet, New York, 22 July 1980, lot 157 (£336).
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L. & R. Ormond, Lord Leighton, 1975, no. 271, p. 165.
London, J.S. Maas & Co., Ltd, Victorian Paintings, Drawings and Watercolours, 8 - 26 November 1971, no. 29.
The completed version of Iostephane was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1880 (no. 204), and was subsequently included in Leighton's memorial exhibition in 1897 (no. 35). It is now untraced.
Its composition conforms to many of Leighton's mature works: single classical figures, often partially draped, against a pillared background. Many experimental drawings of females undressing, some of them relating to this compostion, can be found in one of Leighton's notebooks (no. XV), now held in the Royal Academy.
We are grateful to Leonée and Richard Ormond for their help in the preparation of this catalogue entry.
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