January Lecture: ‘Dorothy Dene: Posing for Leighton’ by Philippa Martin

A lecture by Philippa Martin entitled ‘Dorothy Dene: Posing for Leighton’ will take place on the 24th of January at 11am at the Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham. Reception from 10.30 a.m. in the John Peek Conference Room.

For the last 15 years of his career, artist Frederic Leighton enjoyed a close relationship with the actress and artist model Dorothy Dene. Posing for many of Leighton’s most significant works of this period. Dene enjoyed considerable celebrity and achieved successes in her acting career. She was present shortly before Leighton died and received a substantial legacy from him. This talk will focus on the life of Dorothy Dene and her relationship with Leighton, drawing on new, unpublished research.

Philippa Martin is Curator, Information and Research (Historical) at the Government Art Collection. She was Project Manager of the Leighton Drawings Project at Leighton House Museum between 2005 and 2007. She first joined the staff at Leighton House and 18 Stafford Terrace as Acting Curator of Collections and Research in 2003. For the first six years of her career she was Curatorial and Exhibitions Assistant at the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

For further details relating to the event mentioned above please email info@Pre‑Raphaelitesociety.org.


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