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1794 - 1859 was born in London on 19 October 1794. His parents were American, and when he was five years of age he returned with them to their native country. They settled in Philadelphia, where their son was educated and afterwards apprenticed to a bookseller. He was, however, mainly interested in painting and the drama, and when George Frederick Cooke visited the city he executed a portrait of the actor from recollection of him on the stage, which was considered a work of such promise that a fund was raised to enable the young artist to study in Europe. He left for London in 1811, bearing introductions which procured for him the friendship of West, Beechey, Allston, Coleridge and Washington Irving, and was admitted as a student of the Royal Academy, where he carried off two silver medals. At first, influenced by West and Fuseli, he essayed high art, and his earliest important subject depicted Saul and the Witch of Endor; but he soon discovered his true aptitude and became a painter of cabinet-pictures, dealing, not like those of David Wilkie, with the contemporary life that surrounded him, but with scenes from the great masters of fiction, from Shakespeare and Cervantes, Addison and Moli??re, Swift, Sterne, Fielding and Smollett. Of individual paintings we may specify Sir Roger de Coverley going to Church (1819); May-day in the Time of Queen Elizabeth (1821); Sancho Panza and the Duchess (1824); Uncle Toby and the Widow Wadman (1831); La Malade Imaginaire, act iii. sc. 6 (1843); and the Dukes Chaplain Enraged leaving the Table, from Don Quixote (1849). Many of his more important subjects exist in varying replicas. He possessed a sympathetic imagination, which enabled him to enter freely into the spirit of the author whom he illustrated, a delicate perception for female beauty, an unfailing eye for character and its outward manifestation in face and figure, and a genial and sunny sense of humour, guided by an instinctive refinement which prevented it from overstepping the bounds of good taste. In 1821 Leslie was elected A.R.A., and five years later full academician. In 1833 he left for America to become teacher of drawing in the military academy at West Point, but the post proved an irksome one, and in some six months he returned to England.

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Charles Robert Leslie Queen Victoria Receiving the Sacrament at her Coronation 28 June 1838 (mk25) oil painting artist


Charles Robert Leslie Queen Victoria Receiving the Sacrament at her Coronation 28 June 1838 (mk25) oil painting artist

Queen Victoria Receiving the Sacrament at her Coronation 28 June 1838 (mk25)
Painting ID::  24314
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1838-9

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Charles Robert Leslie My Uncle Toby and the Window Wadman oil painting artist


Charles Robert Leslie My Uncle Toby and the Window Wadman oil painting artist

My Uncle Toby and the Window Wadman
Painting ID::  28202
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1841 oil on canvas 60.9 x 97.7 cm (24 x 38 1/2 in)Victoria and Albert Museum London (mk63)

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Charles Robert Leslie Queen Victoria in her Coronation Robes oil painting artist


Charles Robert Leslie Queen Victoria in her Coronation Robes oil painting artist

Queen Victoria in her Coronation Robes
Painting ID::  28385
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1818-9 Oil on canvas 45.7 x 60.9 cm (18 x 24 in) Victoria and Albert Museum London (mk63)

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Charles Robert Leslie Child in a Garden with His Little Horse and Cart oil painting artist


Charles Robert Leslie Child in a Garden with His Little Horse and Cart oil painting artist

Child in a Garden with His Little Horse and Cart
Painting ID::  38788
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mk141 1840 Oil on canvas 31x40.7cm

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Charles Robert Leslie Gipseying Party oil painting artist


Charles Robert Leslie Gipseying Party oil painting artist

Gipseying Party
Painting ID::  51364
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mk218 1829 7.8x11.6cm

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