The Leighton Network: Postgraduate Workshop Day – 12 December, London

The Leighton Network: Postgraduate Workshop Day 
Monday 12 December 13:00-18:00 
Venue: Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, Bedford Square, London
Frederic Leighton was president of the Royal Academy from 1878 to 1896. He was one of the foremost painters of the Victorian period and he operated in both academic circles, exhibiting alongside established artists of the period, whilst maintaining important relationships with his more radical contemporaries working in the art world but also those of literature, music, and other cultural milieux. He therefore spanned the boundaries dividing the traditionally-defined binary of the Victorian academic and avant-garde circles and this event will highlight this aspect of the artist as well as the networks he interacted with to bring to the fore a hitherto relatively unexplored area of study relating not only to Victorian artistic circles but also those of music, literature, international travel, the monarchy and military, and other cultural practices.
This workshop day will allow these overlapping networks to be examined as intersecting and overlapping arenas of production, rather than solitary groups, and will therefore expand our understanding of Leighton and the different connections in society and in the art world that interacted with him and with each other.
Rather than 20 minute formal papers, this event will feature ten minute position papers from students, each paired with a senior academic respondent. We will conclude the day with a round table with two postgraduates students summarising and responding to the day’s proceedings and suggesting directions for the round table discussion.
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
  • Contemporary music and musicians in the nineteenth century, concerts and music parties
  • The Artists’ Rifles
  • Benjamin Disraeli and Henry James’ novels
  • Victorian Politics and the Arts
  • Adelaide Sartoris and cosmopolitan Rome
  • Archaeology and the Academy
  • The Chantrey Bequest and the RA
Application Process 
We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words for position papers, as well as expressions of interest in being a student respondent by 2 September 2016. Please send abstracts and any queries to

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