Alfred Crocker Leighton first came to Canada from Great Britain in 1925 and within five years he had decided to settle in Canada. He was invited to replace Lars Haukness as Director of Calgary's new Art Institute in 1929.

From then on, he took great delight in painting the Rocky Mountains, returning to Britain frequently for extended visits.


A. C. Leighton (1901-1965), Mount Skoki, 1935, oil on canvas, 76.2 x 101.6 cm. Collection: The Leighton Foundation, Calgary.

Leighton painting in the RockiesThis site will present a number of works by A.C. Leighton in public and private collections, as well as information on Leighton's life and work. The Leighton Foundation was created after Leighton's death and presents programs of instruction in the arts and crafts. Housed in a house that Leighton began to build in 1952, Ballihamish, the Foundation also preserves Leighton's studio which looks westward over the foothills to the Rocky Mountains.

Important collections of the work of A.C. Leighton can be found at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, and at the Edmonton Art Gallery.


©Images, The Leighton Foundation
©Texts by the authors.

Alfred Crocker Leighton and the Canadian Rockies, exhibition and catalogue text by Terry Fenton.

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