Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Architecture of 19th Century Painter Edmund B. Leighton

I often use Edmund Blair Leighton's paintings in my posts. Some historical reports mention the artist took studies in architecture before becoming a painter. The backgrounds in his paintings of Regency and Victorian men and women have a host of interesting architectural design, such as the porch in the   above painting.

In the background of this painting is a very precise drawing of a house entrance with rounded steps.  The window on the right shows through to the windows inside the house on the opposite wall.There appears to be a place to clean muddy boots on the right.

There are many other architectural details in the following Edmund Blair Leighton paintings showing carved indoor stairs, brick paths and streets, farmhouse and townhouse designs, stone steps, boats, docks, and stone bridges, boardwalks, terraced entryways, columns, and retainer walls.
I like the porch, above, shown behind this garden.

..the windows and shutters,

...old stone steps and rustic fence,

...large house in the background with an oval openning,

...wood stair rails with detailed carvings,

...brick entryway from a river dock,

...background oval stone design and columns.

A boat so detailed, as if the artist built it himself.

Below, a chandelier on the right, as well as stone architectural details,

A stone footpath bridge.

A boardwalk, finely drawn, with a house in the background.

The front of an apartment, showing two entrances, a metal stair rail, a design above the door.

Below: houses in the background, a picket fence, details of a boat with a little cabin and roof.

Here, a house in the background with very precise lines and roof tiles, chimney.

His boats look perfect in every detail.
Edmund Blair Leighton painted wood docks and boardwalks so perfectly the wood seems freshly cut.

Interior scene shows window panes and latches, desk, chair, fireplace, window sill and container holding fireplace tools, much like indoor decor reproductions today. 

Photo of Edmund Blair Leighton:

Same pagoda doorway as seen in a garden picture.


Laura Jeanne said...

Thank you for this feast for the eyes today!

Anonymous said...

I *love* his work! The detail is amazing....almost like looking at a photograph.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the lovely paintings. They make my heart happy.

Miss Betsy said...

Thank you so much for showing us these lovely paintings. His artwork is so perfect and yet it also conveys so much emotion. It is as though each painting tells a lovely, romantic story. The more I look at each one, the more that can be seen in it.

Kathy Thurman said...

Just beautiful! I wish I could visit every one of the places in those paintings (Or better yet, LIVE in one of them! :)

Lynn Maust said...

All just so lovely .....very glad you posted them all...I feel as though I have had a visit to an art museum today.

Christine said...

The all the little details are what distinguish and make his paintings so lovely.
They draw you in, make you dream and think about the subjects.
I'm with Kathy. I would love to live in one of them.

Christine Beauchamp said...

I see what you've pointed out. . .but I'm carried away by the beautiful women in their gorgeous dresses. . . .and the well groomed men nearby. Where has all that gone? I belong to another era I guess. The pics are very endearing.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Truly a wonderful painter. Thank you for such a lovely collection of his works.

Jenny said...

These paintings are beautiful and convey so much peace. Just looking at them is restful.

Tricia said...

I am just checking in to see if you are ok? I am deeply missing your posts! Prayers from Chicago!

Lydia said...

Ai am hoping o post today and make a video!

ladypinktulip said...

Love these beautiful paintings. So inspiring! Kelly T.


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