George Dunlop Leslie RA (1835-1921)

George Dunlop Leslie.

G. D. Leslie stated that his aim in art 'has always been to paint pictures from the sunny side of English domestic life', and this seems a fair summary of his work. Typical are nice interiors with nice people, as in Les Femmes Savants (Victoria and Albert Museum), and single figures such as Tea (1894), showing a pretty serving maid. He was the son of the painter C. R. Leslie, and was born in London, studying in Bloomsbury at Cary's art school, then at the Royal Academy. He exhibited there in every year from 1859, becoming ARA in 1868 and RA in 1876. He was supported and helped by Edwin Landseer, and friends with the highly-regarded illustrator Frederick Walker, and with the bird-painter H. S. Marks. His views appear to have been somewhat conservative, as he was against such things as female students at the RA, and accused Lord Leighton (PRA) of diluting the British character of the Academy.

Leslie's picture This is the Way we Wash our Clothes was used as a soap advert, and is in the collection of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight.

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