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Leighton, Frances Christina, d. 1930



  • Existence: d. 1930

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

A Recollection of Ireland in December 1860., 1860

 Item — Box: Vol. 10
Call Number: MSS 16
Scope and Contents: Unlike the other volumes in the collection, this sketchbook was created to document a specific event. Inscribed “A Recollection of Ireland / in December 1860 / To Charlotte Leighton, / form her affecate sister F.,” the sketchbook includes watercolors that document the siblings’ trip to Ireland. It begins with an image of Thornhill—likely the home of the Leightons’ Irish hosts—and includes tourist sites featuring both natural and architectural wonders. Judging from the order of the drawings, the...
Dates: 1860

Album, circa 1826–1854

 Item — Box: Vol. 4
Call Number: MSS 16
Scope and Contents: Inscribed at front: "Mary Parker, 1829." Album reveals Mary’s ongoing interest in comic scenes, picturesque views, and fine art. It includes drawings from key tourist sites, such as Northern Italy’s Lago Maggiore and Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne, as well as a series of copies after works in the British Museum. These drawings occasionally identify the collection from which the artworks come; many are from the bequests of Reverend Clayton Mordaunt Cracherode (1730–1799) and Richard Payne Knight...
Dates: circa 1826–1854

Album, circa 1846-1853

 Item — Box: Vol. 5
Call Number: MSS 16
Scope and Contents: Bound by Shrewsbury bookseller R. Davies, the scrapbook features drawings primarily by Baldwyn and Stanley. These provide a clear sense of how Mary guided her children in art instruction, encouraging them to copy from illustrations. Though the original sources for the drawings are unclear, the family must have had in its possession at least one illustrated copy of Pilgrim’s Progress, from which Baldwyn drew two scenes. Stanley seems to have been interested as...
Dates: circa 1846-1853

Album, 1825-1851

 Item — Box: Vol. 6
Call Number: MSS 16
Scope and Contents: Inscribed at front: “Baldwin Leighton, Loton Park, Shrewsbury, Augst. 1846”; but whether this is Mary’s husband or son is uncertain. Though the younger Leighton took the spelling “Baldwyn” in contrast to his father’s “Baldwin,” in his youth he seems to have alternated between the two. The scrapbook again reveals the children’s practice of copying from book and journal illustrations to develop their skills. Included among the drawings are Baldwyn’s awkward copy of the engraving “General Tom...
Dates: 1825-1851

Album, circa 1847–1852

 Item — Box: Vol. 7
Call Number: MSS 16
Scope and Contents: Inscribed “Mary Leighton / Scraps from her Children / Loton Park 1847–50” on front pastedown. Drawings by Baldwyn, Stanley, and Frances comprise much of the scrapbook, with only a few additions by Charlotte and Isabella. There is also a loose silhouette interleaved among the pages, captioned “Eton 1852,” which portrays Baldwyn during his study there. Drawings by Baldwyn and Stanley focus on notable battles and include figures from contemporary campaigns—such as soldiers from the Anglo-Sikh...
Dates: circa 1847–1852

Mary Leighton Collection

Call Number: MSS 16
Overview: The collection comprises ten original sketchbooks, albums, and scrapbooks compiled by Mary Leighton and her children, 1824-1860.
Dates: 1824-1860