Edmund Blair Leighton (1853 – 1922) was an historical genre painter who is best known for paintings of regency and medieval times. The paintings are sentimental, but are still extremely popular as posters and prints. Very little is known about the artist. This biograpny of E.B. Leighton on ArtMagick offers the most comprehensive information about the painter, aside from Wikipedia. This link to the Art Renewal Center provides a photograph of the artist and an obituary.
The images, while idealized and a bit syrupy, and obviously painted during Edwardian and Victorian times, are still a joy to behold for their sweet nostalgia for a bygone era.
More images at Enchanted Serenity of Period Films