Monday, October 31, 2011

Painter: George Dunlop Leslie (1835-1921)

George Dunlop Leslie 1889
painted by James Hayllar
George Dunlop Leslie, born in London on July 2nd, 1835, was an English genre painter, author and illustrator. He came from a family of artists: his father was notable genre painter Charles Robert Leslie, his uncle Robert Leslie was a marine artist, his sister Mary Leslie (1833-1907) was also an artist, and his son Peter Leslie (1877-1953) also became an artist.

He studied art first at "Cary's art academy", then from 1854 at the Royal Academy. His first exhibition at the Academy was in 1859, and he showed his work every year thereafter. He became an Associate (ARA) in 1868 and a full Royal Academician (RA) in 1876.

Along with fellow artist, James Hayllar, they painted this portrait of Queen Victoria together for her Golden Jubillee in 1887.

Leslie had some Pre-Raphaelites influences. 
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Faith 1858                     In the Convent Garden

                                                  In the Wizard's Garden 1904 
                                             (One of my favorites)

Matilda 1860
Dante, Purgatorio, Canto 28 'For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work; I will triumph in the works of thy hands' - Psalm XCII, 4

He painted with the aim of showing "pictures from the sunny side of English domestic life". 
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Afternoon Tea 1865                        Apple Dumplings 
                                                     (One of my favorites)

Cowslips 1877                       Five O'Clock, cira1874

                                       Her First Place 
                                       (one of my favorites)

Home, Sweet Home                         In the Park 
                                             (one of my favorites)                                             

Potpourri                                      Rose Queen

Roses                                             Sun and Moon Flowers 1889

Tea 1894                       Ten Minutes to Decide
                                        (one of my favorites)

The Daughters of Eve                                               The Garland

The Goldfish Seller                           The Young Gardener 1889 
                                                          (one of my favorites)

He often used children as subjects and his work was praised by John Ruskin for its portrayal of the "sweet quality of English girlhood".
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Considering a Reply            The Nut Brown Maid
                                            (one of my favorites) 

         Kept In School 1878             Mollie, 'In silence I stood your unkindness to hear...' 1882 
                                                                       (one of my favorites)

Pussy Willow                    'Sally in Our Alley' 1882 
                                          (one of my favorites)

Sweetpeas                          The Gardener's Daughter 1876 
                                                  (one of my favorites)

The Lass of Richmond Hill 1876            The Town and Country Mouse 
                                                              (one of my favorites)

This Is The Way We Wash Our Clothes 
This painting was used as a poster in an advertising campaign for soap.
(one of my favorites)

Alice In Wonderland 
The artist's wife Lydia and their daughter Alice.
(one of my favorites)

Portrait of the Artist's Daughter - Alice Leslie

George Dunlop Leslie's style of paintings and his subjects are just so charming! I would love to own a print of almost any these delightful paintings!

Have you see George Dunlop Leslie's art before?
Which of his paintings are your favorites?

Very Truly Your's,


Ella said...

Those painting are sooo beautiful!

AJ said...

The only painting I think I've seen before is the "washing clothes". It's funny how most of your 'favorites' are mine too! :) Looking at these makes me want to put on an ankle length dress, wrap myself in a shawl or cape, and take a stroll around my garden...or down a nature path. ;)

Thank you for posting these lovely paintings.

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