Sunday, 3 November 2019

1221) Frances Leyland

Frances Leyland (née Dawson,1834–1910). Wife of British shipowner Frederick Richards Leyland. They married in 1855, but separated in 1879.
Frederick Leyland was also a major art collector, who commissioned works from several of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painters.
Frances modeled for the Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Frances Leyland (1871–1874), by James McNeill Whistler, and for Monna Rosa, by D. G. Rossetti. This is actually the title of two oil paintings: the earlier and smaller painting was completed in 1862 and its whereabouts is now unknown; the second was completed in 1867 and is now in a private collection. Frederick Leyland displayed the larger painting in his drawing room with five other Rossetti "stunners."

- " Leyland herself is shown with her famous auburn hair artfully arranged in a fashionable chignon..."  http://theses.gla.ac.uk/3279/1/2012CalvertPhD.pdf

- "... and the color scheme of the room all harmonize with the auburn color of the subject's hair.https://books.google.it/books…

- "Whistler wanted to set off her auburn hair..."  https://books.google.it/books…

- "Though the artist regarded it as an incomplete piece since he had not yet completed Mrs. Leyland's red hair."  http://www.jameswhistler.org/symphony-in-flesh-color-and-p…/


Symphony in Flesh Colour and Pink: Portrait of Frances Leyland
Monna Rosa (1867)
Monna Rosa (1862)

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