Breakfast Bites: A Passion for Drawing with Leighton House Senior Curator, Daniel Robbins

16, 23 & 30 September 2021

Across three virtual morning seminars, Senior Curator, Daniel Robbins, will present rarely seen drawings from the Leighton House collection and lead a friendly and informative discussion. All are welcome and you are warmly encouraged to ask questions during the session.

Join for the full online series (with a discount available if you wish to book all three seminars) or take your pick of the individual sessions (£5 pp per seminar). *Please note, sales will end for each seminar the day before at 4.30pm (BST).

 

SEMINAR 1: THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER, 8.30–9.15am (BST)

INTRODUCING LEIGHTON’S DRAWINGS

Leighton House has a collection of over 700 sheets of drawings by Leighton. But how was this collection formed and what does it reveal about the importance of drawing to Leighton’s life and art? From studies made in his teens to some of his last drawings, this introductory session uses highlights from the collection to demonstrate the range of drawings that he produced and his great skill as a draughtsman.

 

SEMINAR 2: THURSDAY 23 SEPTEMBER, 8.30–9.15am (BST)

MAKING PICTURES

For Leighton, the process of making pictures was rooted in drawing. He applied the same method throughout his career; an almost ‘scientific’ approach that was highly ordered and disciplined, but which resulted in many exceptional studies. This session uses drawings from the collection to explore this process; from small thumbnails, to drawings from the nude and detailed drapery studies, exploring a method that defines Leighton as an artist.

 

SEMINAR 3: THURSDAY 30 SEPTEMBER, 8.30–9.15am (BST)

COMPARING CIMABUE AND CLYTIE

The painting Cimabue’s Celebrated Madonna was Leighton’s first submission to the Royal Academy in 1855. Clytie was amongst his last pictures, left unfinished in his studio at the time of his death over forty years later. This session looks at some of the drawings relating to these two pictures to establish both the similarities and differences between them and what this tells us about Leighton and his work.

 

ABOUT DANIEL ROBBINS

Daniel Robbins is the Senior Curator of two of London’s most significant house museums: Leighton House and Sambourne House. Formerly with Glasgow Museums, he has organised many exhibitions and contributed to numerous catalogues and publications around nineteenth-century art, architecture and design. He was responsible for leading the award-winning project to restore the historic interiors of Leighton House completed between 2008 and 2010 and is now leading an £8 million refurbishment project addressing the additions made to the building in the twentieth century. Daniel has lectured across the UK and internationally including the Frick, New York and the Ponce Museum in Puerto Rico where Leighton’s celebrated ‘Flaming June’ can be found.

 

HOW TO BOOK

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