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An image of Winding the skein by Lord Frederic Leighton
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Alternate image of Winding the skein by Lord Frederic Leighton Alternate image of Winding the skein by Lord Frederic Leighton Alternate image of Winding the skein by Lord Frederic Leighton
Alternate image of Winding the skein by Lord Frederic Leighton Alternate image of Winding the skein by Lord Frederic Leighton Alternate image of Winding the skein by Lord Frederic Leighton

Lord Frederic Leighton

(England 03 Dec 1830 – 25 Jan 1896)

Title
Winding the skein
Year
circa 1878
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

100.3 x 161.3 cm stretcher; 136.5 x 197.5 x 10.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1974
Accession number
1.1974
Location
19th c European art
Provenance (4)

F.H. Woodroffe, sold Christie's London, 24 March 1906, anonymous sale 'Property of a gentleman' lot no. 111

Pirie, purchased Christie's London, 24 March 1906, anonymous sale 'Property of a gentleman' lot no. 111

John Avery, dates unknown, after Pirie and before J.S. Maas & Co

Maas Gallery, London, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from J.S. Maas & Co 1974

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Exhibition history (7)

Royal Academy of Arts, 1878, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Summer 1878–Summer 1878

Liverpool Autumn Exhibition, 1878, Exhibition Venue Unknown, Autumn 1878–Autumn 1878

Royal Academy of Arts winter exhibition, 1897, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Winter 1897–Winter 1897

Paintings, Drawings, and Water-Colours, Maas Gallery, London, London, 1972–1972

Victorian Olympians:

Victorian High Renaissance:

Love and death: art in the age of Queen Victoria:

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