Edmund Blair Leighton

Edmund Blair Leighton was born on September 21, 1853, son of the artist Charles Blair Leighton. He was educated at the University College School but he never belonged to the Royal Academy.
Painter of historical genre, mainly of the medieval time and of the time of Regency, his works are a sample of serenity, and elegant past. Like the pre-Raphaelites he was always very demanding with himself. His works have perfect finishes and look like a picture rather than a painting. It has been considered a romantic Victorian for its works loaded with nostalgia.

Although Leighton always painted works in which two characters appeared, man and woman being the main theme, the idyllic love of Jane Austen's novels, also made works where more characters appeared but always arranged in the distance as if they were not or had not nothing to do with the scene. In fact here is seen as the guests talk among them. And is that Leighton wants to avoid any distraction to focus on the main characters.