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George Dunlop Leslie (British painter) 1835 - 1921

George Dunlop Leslie was an English genre painter, author and illustrator. Leslie was born in London, the son of notable genre painter Charles Robert Leslie. Leslie lived early on in St John's Wood (London), and was part of the St John's Wood Clique, a group of artists who favoured light-hearted genre subjects. His early works, such as "Mathilda" (1860) showed the strong influence of the Pre-Raphaelites, but he settled into a more academic, aesthetic, style of painting with the aim of showing "pictures from the sunny side of English domestic life". He often used children as subjects and his work was praised by John Ruskin for its portrayal of the "sweet quality of English girlhood". 


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