The guardian | Kathryn Hughes:
n the early 1960s, Andrew Lloyd Webber, while a pupil at Westminster School, came across an unframed canvas in a shop on the Fulham Road and instantly fell in love with it. The painting, or at least what he could see of it through a thick film of dirt, showed a slumbrous young woman, swathed in diaphanous hot orange, sprawled heavily across a sofa, the sky molten behind her. The owner of the shop – it would be pushing it to call it a gallery – told his young customer that the painting was by a former president of the Royal Academy, Lord Leighton… Read more
Image: A detail from Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June (1895). Photograph: ©Museo de Arte de Ponce. The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc.