Timon of Athens
Leslie, Charles Robert
Depicts Timon seated in a cave receiving the philosopher Apemantus. Timon leans on a shovel and wears a red toga. Apemantus stands with right hand extended toward Timon, holds staff in left hand, and wears a brown toga and sandals. Frame has spiral turning between moldings along outside of frame and foliate motif along inside of frame. Leslie was born in England, but his father was a Philadelphia watchmaker who returned to the United States in 1799 with his family. Leslie went back to England ca. 1812 to study art, especially under Benjamin West. He continued to exhibit at PAFA. Was elected an Associate at the Royal Academy in 1821 and an Academician in 1826. Remained in England for the rest of his life, except for a short period in the U.S. (1833-34).
36" x 44"
Oil on canvas; gilt frame
Gift of William R. Talbot Jr. in memory of Frances K. Talbot. Previously in the collection of Frances K. Talbot. Painting first exhibited at PAFA in 1813. Subsequently exhibited in 1826, 1827, 1828, 1830, 1844, with all catalogs noting "after Benjamin West"
General Collection, Museum Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia