Paul-Adolphe Rajon (1842-1888) [NM] : Print after an engraving after a Portrait of Lord Frederic Leighton (1830-1896) [NM] by George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) [NM], ca.1881.
SAL record control number: 99252 ;
Record level: Item ;
Record type: Movable work ;
Work title: Print after an engraving after a Portrait of Lord Frederic Leighton (1830-1896) [NM] by George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) [NM] [title from curator] ;
Alternate work titles:
2021 : Print after an engraving after a Portrait of Lord Frederic Leighton (1830-1896) [NM] by George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) [NM] [title from curator] ;
Work date: ca.1881 ;
Work creator: Paul-Adolphe Rajon (1842-1888) [NM] ;
Work medium: Ink on paper [print] ;
Work dimensions: 15-1/4 x 11 inches [unframed] | 23-1/8 x 19-1/4 x 1/2 inches [framed]
Inscribed / signed front:
Signed at lower left and lower right.
Text: ‘G. F. Watts / 1880’ and ‘ETCHED BY P. RAJON’.
Verso: [unknown] ;
SAL category: Works on paper ;
SAL sub-category: Portrait ;
Archives of American Art subjects:
Art — American
Art ― Private collections ― New York (State)
Art ― Private collections ― New York (State) ― Salmagundi
Portrait — Half length
Portrait — Notable person
Portrait — Notable person — Lord Frederic Leighton, 1830-1896
Description of work:
French painter, printmaker and photographer, Paul-Adolphe Rajon, created this print from a painting of Lord Frederic Leighton by his close friend George Frederic Watts. Watts and Leighton where life long best friends and possibly lovers. They lived near each other and Leighton would often be seen returning home to his studio in the early hours.
The original painting is bold and lush showing Leighton in his robes as President of the Royal Academy. Rajon used his considerable skill to bring focus to important parts of the work by varying his drawing style and strength, while playing down non-essential elements. The etching leaves out much of what the painting shows. Rajon’s economy of line to tell his version of the story of Watts’ painting is a great example of how printmaking is an artform not just a copy.
ca.1900s SCNY, gift of [unknown], accession #2006.249 ;
1881 The British and Foreign Artists’ Association [NM], Responsible printer .
2021 SCNY 1880-something : Victorian art at its height August 1 – September 30.
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Record birth date:
July 17, 2021
Last updated: August 17, 2021 at 21:03 pm