Presumably made when he was in Rome in his studio in the Via della Purificazione. It passed to the Leighton family of Loton Park, Shropshire.
Leighton was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, and studied painting on the continent in Germany, France and Italy. He came to prominence in England when Cimabue's Madonna was exhibited at the RA in 1855. From then on he had a lucrative and successful career becoming President of the RA (1878-96) and raised to the peerage on the day before his death. His elaborate and splendid London home in Holland Park Road is now Leighton House Museum.