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Frederic, Lord Leighton, On the Coast, Isle of Wight

Key facts
Full title On the Coast, Isle of Wight
Artist Frederic, Lord Leighton
Artist dates 1830 - 1896
Date made perhaps 1860
Medium and support Oil on canvas laid on board
Dimensions 21.5 × 39.3 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L849
Location On loan: Gere Collection Paintings to the Ashmolean (2024 - 2026), The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2004. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
On the Coast, Isle of Wight
Frederic, Lord Leighton

This oil sketch shows a stretch of the Isle of Wight coastline from Ventnor looking west towards Woody Head in the Saint Lawrence region. The red-roofed turret peaking through the trees at the right belongs to the Chalet Hotel, built in the mid-19th century and still standing. The identification of the coastline was made by Mark Collins, a resident of the Isle of Wight. His recognition of the site suggests that this painting can be identified with the previously untraced oil sketch entitled 'On the Coast, Isle of Wight', that was sold with the contents of Leighton's studio in 1896 after his death.

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