The Guardian, Wednesday February 14 1996
Leighton centenary celebration recreates high period of Victorian art
The actress, Dorothy Dene, (left) will play Lord Leighton’s model, Kate Hargreaves, who posed for the painting Flaming June, right, in the centenary celebrations of the artist at Leighton House, Holland Park, London, starting on Friday and running until April 21. Leighton (1830-96), President of the Royal Academy, aesthete, bon viveur and creator of the Trafalgar Square lions, created his house as a palace in celebration of the muse of the arts. It has been recreated for this year’s celebrations down to the William Morris furnishings and the smells of cigars, linseed oil and turpentine.