Edmund Blair Leighton (British, 1852-1922) The blind man at the Pool of Siloam 40 x 50 1/4in (101.6 x 127.6cm)

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Lot 51
Edmund Blair Leighton
(British, 1852-1922)
The blind man at the Pool of Siloam 40 x 50 1/4in (101.6 x 127.6cm)

Sold for US$ 81,250 inc. premium
Edmund Blair Leighton (British, 1852-1922)
The blind man at the Pool of Siloam
signed and dated 'E. Blair Leighton 1879' (lower right)
oil on canvas
40 x 50 1/4in (101.6 x 127.6cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    John Boosey, the Artist's uncle, purchased from the artist.
    Sale, Christie's London, 16 December 1935, sold 21 pounds.
    Acquired at the above sale by (Boot).
    Sale, Sotheby's Parke-Bernet, 4 May 1979, lot 323.
    Sale, Sotheby's New York, 29 October 1981, lot 81.
    With Kurt E. Schon Ltd., New Orleans, Louisiana, by 15 May 1985.

    Literature
    Yockney, Alfred, The Art Annual: The Art of E. Blair Leighton, London Virtue & Co, Christmas 1913, p. 28.

    Edmund Blair Leighton was one of the Romantics of the late Victorian era who found great success with classical, medieval and Regency subjects popular at the time. However, in this early work he chose the subject of a miraculous healing from the Bible (John Chapter 9). After meeting a beggar, blind from birth, Jesus anointed the man's eyes and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The man traveled to the pool just outside the walls of Jerusalem and did as he was bid and received his sight. In the present picture the artist has chosen to depict the meditative moment just before the miracle occurs when the blind man approaches the pool, guided by a young child, surrounded by others who also seek relief from their suffering.


    We are grateful to Kara Lysandra Ross for confirming the attribution to Edmund Blair Leighton on the basis of photographs and for providing cataloguing information. This painting will be included in her forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works of Edmund Blair Leighton.
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