Edmund Blair Leighton, ROI (British, 1853-1922)
Where there's a will
signed and dated 'E.BLAIR LEIGHTON.1892' (lower right)
oil on canvas
92 x 61.5cm (36 1/4 x 24 3/16in).
From the artist to Frost and Reed
Property of M. R. Cotes
Sold Christie's London March 11, 1905 lot 87 for 157 pounds 10 shillings
Acquired at the above sale by Mitchell
Sold Christie's London June 18, 1909 lot 141 for 126 pounds
Acquired at the above sale by Sampson
Sir William McAlpine, by circa 1930
Thence by descent to the present owner
Alfred Yockney, The Art Annual: The Art of E. Blair Leighton, London, Virtue & Co, Christmas 1913, p 30
Documented in the artist's personal records
An edition of prints were made of this work in 1894, Published at 8 Clare Street Bristol by Frost and Reed print seller of London and Bristol, Berlin
We are grateful to Kara Lysandra Ross for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.
The work will be included in her forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Leighton's work.