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Painter's Honeymoon

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Love is equated with art in this romantic image which -- in its evocation of the past and its precise, controlled style -- epitomizes officially sanctioned academic practice in the late nineteenth century. Leighton, who was elected president of the Royal Academy in London in 1879, spent many...

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By 1864, with Moreby [see note 1]. By 1870, John Smith, London; May 4, 1870, John Smith sale, Christie's, London, lot 70, bought in and subsequently sold to Thos. Agnew and Sons, London (stock no. 6211) [see note 2]. By 1878, J.L. Kennedy Esq., Ardwick Hall, Manchester [see note 3]; until 1981, by descent within the family; June 5, 1981, anonymous ("property of a nobleman") sale, Christie's, London, lot 48, to Richard Green, London for the MFA. (Accession Date: June 10, 1981) NOTES: [1] According to the 1981 Christie's catalogue. The painting was exhibited by the artist at the Royal Academy in 1866. [2] The painting was received by Agnew on December 31, 1870, from "Smith." [3] Lent by J.L. Kennedy to the Manchester Exhibition, May 16, 1878, no. 20.

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Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund

about 1864


83.8 x 76.8 cm (33 x 30 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas