Frederic Lord Leighton
British, 1830 - 1896
This painting was put up for auction in the 1960s and failed to meet its reserve price of $140. It was then purchased by the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico where it has remained ever since.
It had been thought for many years that Dorothy Dene was the model for Flaming June. However, recent research by Martin Postle, published in Apollo magazine some years ago, suggests that the model for this painting was a woman named Mary Lloyd. She also posed for Sir Frank Dicksee's Magic Crystal, William Blake Richmond's mosaic angels in St Paul's Cathedral and Sir John Millais' A Disciple (Tate Britain, 1895).
Mary Lloyd also sat for Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown, John William Waterhouse and William Holman Hunt.
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