Edmund Blair-Leighton (1852-1922)

Edmund Blair-Leighton, was an English painter of historical genre scenes, specializing in Regency and medieval subjects.Despite he is sometimes mentioned as a kind of Pre-Raphaelite he has nothing to do with these at all. He lived about a generation later and exploited the same subjects without any innovation. Still he was a skilled craftsman and produced lots of highly-finished, decorative pictures.

Nevertheless his paintings had absolutely nothing to do with the people and times they pretented to show, they say a lot about romantic yearning for long bygone times. He didn't depict the middle ages but the middle-class dream of it.

Blair-leighton: Stitching the Standard

Stitching the Standard

Blair-leighton: Faded Laurels 1889

Faded Laurels (1889)

Blair-leighton: Lady Godiva (1892)

Lady Godiva (1892)

Blair-leighton: The Accolade (1901)

The Accolade (1901)

Blair-leighton: God Speed! (1900)

God Speed! (1900)

Blair-leighton: Alain Chartier 1903

Alain Chartier 1903