Expert’s talk on Leighton’s final work

Art lovers in Scarborough have the chance to listen to a leading expert discussing one of the town’s most famous

artistic sons next month.

Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator at London’s Leighton House Museum, will give the first of Scarborough Art Gallery’s annual series of lunchtime talks on Friday March 1. His talk, entitled Between Life and Death: Leighton and Clytie, will look at Frederic, Lord Leighton’s final painting Clytie, which is currently on loan to the gallery from Leighton House.

At the time of Leighton’s death in 1896, Clytie remained unfinished in his studio. It depicts a nymph who fell in love with the sun god Apollo but was rejected by him, and turned into a sunflower.

The talk explores the background to this final work. What were the circumstances in which it was painted and who was the model Leighton used? Painted as his health began to fail, why did this subject seem to mean so much to him?

Daniel Robbins was responsible for the major restoration of the Leighton House Museum in 2009 and has written extensively on the history of the house and Leighton’s work. Leighton House, in Holland Park, was the former home and studio of the artist.

Robbins was a curator with Glasgow Museums before joining Leighton House in 1999.

Clytie is on display at Scarborough Art Gallery, along with five of Leighton’s sketches for it, until Sunday March 31.

It was purchased in 2008 for Leighton House Museum with the assistance of a £337,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and contributions from The ArtFund, The Friends of Leighton House and public donations.

Daniel Robbins’ talk will start at 12.30pm and last approximately an hour.

It is the first of a series of lunchtime talks on the last Friday of each month until December (excluding April, August and November).

Entrance is at the standard gallery fee of £2 (concessions £1.80), free to under-18s, holders of The Art Fund’s National Art Pass, and members of the Museums Association, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and engage (the National Association for Gallery Education).