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The Art Collections and Patronage of Frederick Leyland

Robyn Asleson, Research Associate, 2015 – 2016


Bernardino Luini, Portrait of a Lady, 1520 / 1525, formerly in the collection of Frederick R. Leyland. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection

My research on the origins of the English Aesthetic Movement took me to London, where I completed the identification of Italian Renaissance paintings acquired by the nineteenth-century art patron and collector Frederick R. Leyland. In addition, I coorganized The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art, an exhibition at the Freer and Sackler Galleries that traced the development and ultimate abandonment of an experimental painting Leyland commissioned from James McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903). Other completed projects include an exhibition catalog essay on the art collections and patronage of three eighteenth-century English royal princesses and a CAA talk on Pre-Raphaelitism(s) in British popular music.