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Lord Leighton PRA, Tracing for the figure of Erato (Marquand's Music Room)

Tracing for the figure of Erato (Marquand's Music Room), by ca. 1886

Lord Leighton PRA (1830 - 1896)

RA Collection: Art

These four tracings are all preparatory studies for Leighton's ceiling paintings for the Music Room (or Greek Room) at 11th East 68th Street, New York, the house of American banker and collector, Henry Marquand. Leighton probably received the commission through the recommendation of Lawrence Alma-Tadema who had designed a set of furniture for the room.

Two of the tracings are studies for the muse Erato (left hand panel) and one is for Terpsichore (right hand panel). These depict nude figures but with an outline of their drapery drawn around them. The remaining tracing is a compositional study for the central panel which features the seated figure of Mnemosyne flanked by two standing figures.

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Object details

Tracing for the figure of Erato (Marquand's Music Room)
Lord Leighton PRA (1830 - 1896)
by ca. 1886
Object type
Pencil on tracing paper

269 mm x 158 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Given by Augusta Matthews 1896 and Mrs Alexandra Orr 1896
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