Edmund Blair Leighton: In Time of Peril, 1897 (detail)
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Edmund Blair Leighton's (1853-1922) most famous works are among the most widely recognized paintings of the period. His works of Godspeed (1900) and the Accolade (1901) are used as the epitome of medieval iconography. Though probably best known for his medieval compositions, he also painted a large number of nineteenth century costume pieces which share similar subject of male female interaction and romantic gesture. When one looks at Leighton's body of work as a whole, it is clear that he captures a certain quality that reaches the core of human emotion. Despite differences in time, the subject of love and romance are the same and universal.
He studied at the South Kensington School of Art, later gaining entry to the Royal Academy of Art School in 1874. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1878 -1920, and made illustrations for the noted publisher Cassell & Co, as well as such magazines as Harper's Bazaar. In Time of Peril appeared at the Royal Academy exhibition of 1897, the year that marked the triumphant sixtieth anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign. It depicts two young princes spirited away from danger and being comforted by their glamorous mother. The Royal refugees and their precious cargo arrive at a protective monastery - safe from harm, if not from public scrutiny.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-722: card size 6" x 6" (150mm x 150mm)