The final painting by Scarborough-born Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton is to spend three months at Scarborough Art Gallery.
Clytie, which is considered to be one of Lord Leighton’s finest works, depicts a nymph who fell in love with the sun god Apollo but was rejected by him, and turned into a sunflower.
It will be on show at the town centre gallery until Sunday March 31. It is visiting on loan from London’s Leighton House Museum in Holland Park, the former home and studio of the artist.
Karen Snowden, head of collections at Scarborough Museums Trust, said: “We were delighted to have the chance to exhibit Clytie. Lord Leighton is one of the most significant artists to have come out of Scarborough, and it’s great that local communities now have the opportunity to see this great work in the town.
“The painting will be accompanied by five of Lord Leighton’s paper studies for it, which will offer an insight into his technique and show how he arrived at the finished work.”
Clytie 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 Art Fund, The Friends of Leighton House and public donations.
Frederic Leighton was born in Scarborough in 1830; the family moved to London when he was still a child.
He studied abroad, and became known as a neo-classical artist, although many link him with the pre-Raphaelite movement.
He was friends with some of the group, and much of his work, including his most famous painting, Flaming June, has pre-Raphaelite overtones.
He holds the unenviable record of having the shortest-lived peerage in history, becoming Lord Leighton just one day before his death in 1896.