A young noble woman knights a gallant hero in “The Accolade,” one of Edmund Blair Leighton’s idealized historical scenes. Leighton (1853 – 1922), a pre-Raphaelite who studied and later exhibited at the Royal Academy Schools, was renowned for his meticulously painted, romanticized regency and medieval subjects. Painted with beautiful flow and ripple depicting both motion and rest, long, elaborate dresses were often his works’ focal point.
British pre-Raphaelite artist Edmund Blair Leighton (1853 – 1922) crafted meticulously detailed, romantic medieval and regency scenes. A student of the Royal Academy who also exhibited there for over 40 years, Leighton left a job in a tea merchant’s office to pursue painting. Painting courtships and weddings, his work often focuses on fabric that beautifully flows and ripples, conveying both motion and rest. Leighton’s idealized historical scenes are popular poster reproductions.