A well respected Victorian historical genre painter, Leighton became renowned for romantic medieval scenes. His pictures of elegant ladies in landscapes or interiors have a similar kind of charm to those of James Tissot.
Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922) was a prominent Pre-Raphaelite painter. Born in London, he was the son of portrait painter Charles Blair Leighton. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools and exhibited there and at the Royal Society of British Artists and Suffolk Street between 1878 and 1920.