A Cymbal Player, a study; for the musician in the painting 'Salome Dancing'

A Cymbal Player, a study; for the musician in the painting 'Salome Dancing' by Frederic, Lord Leighton, PRA RWS 1830-1896. Dated between 1875 and 1863. Pencil and crayon on blue paper. 7 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches, 20 x 21 cm.

Commentary by Hilary Morgan

The present drawing is a study for the female musician in the background of Leighton's painting 'Salome Dancing' (Private collection, Japan), which was rejected by the Royal Academy in 1863, and which was possibly begun in 1857 in Paris under the inspiration of Leighton's Algerian visit of that year.

References

Morgan, Hilary, and Peter Nahum. Burne-Jones, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Their Century. London: Peter Nahum, 1989. Catalogue number 98.

Richard and Leonee Ormond, Lord Leighton, (Yale University Press, New Haven and London 1975), catalogue number 87, plate 77.

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