Leyland, Frederick

BORN 30 Sep 1831, Liverpool, Lancashire - DIED 4 Jan 1892, London
CAUSE OF DEATH heart failure
GRAVE LOCATION London: Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton (4W)

Frederick Leyland started working as an apprentice for John Bibby, Sons & Co and became a partner of that firm. As early as 1864-1867 he commisioned paintings from G.D. Rossetti and J.M. Whistler. In 1869 he bought a house in London and in 1873 he founded the Leyland shipping line.

From Edward Burne-Jones he commisioned "The Beguiling of Merlin". The painting was executed between 1872 and 1877. During the 1870s Whistler decorated Leyland´s dining room, the Peacock Room. His relationship with Whistler turned sour in 1877 after he refused to pay a bill because he was of the opinion that Whitler has exceeded a commission when he painted the Peacock Room. Whitler went bankrupt the next year and took revenge with caricatures of Leyland.

His daughter Florence (1959-1921) married the painter Valentine Prinsep. When Leyland died in 1892 he was among the largest shipowners in Great/Britain. His funerary monument at Brompton Cemetery in London was created by Edward Burne/Jones. The Peacock Room was sold to the Charles Lang Freer and is now at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington.

• Daughter: Leyland, Florence

Related persons
• has grave monument designed by Burne-Jones, Edward


Sir Frederick Leyland's funerary monument at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (24 Mar 1996)


• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Londoners, Robson Books, London, 1991
Frederick Richards Leyland - Wikipedia

Ley-Piscator, Maria

Published: 05 Oct 2008
Last update: 25 Apr 2022