Frederic Leighton, P.R.A. (British, 1830–1896)
Study for Captive Andromache, ca. 1888
Oil on panel, 7 7/8 x 16 in.
Among the grandest of Leighton’s
Captive Andromache depicts Hector’s premonition of his wife’s fate should he be killed in battle: drawing water among the common people. The luxuriant brushwork of this exquisite, semi-abstract oil sketch is a far cry from the careful finish of the final painting, yet this sketch was a crucial step in Leighton’s working procedure, and would have been created only after a painting’s entire composition had been worked out in many detailed scale drawings.