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Benjamin Williams Leader
( 1831 - 1923)
The Breezy Morn
Oil on Canvas
Signed & Dated 1898
30 x 48 inches (76.2 x 122 cms)
Benjamin Williams Leader was an English landscape artist. Born Benjamin Williams, he added the surname Leader to distinguish himself from the Williams family of artists to whom he was not related. He studied at the Royal Academy and exhibited there from 1857 to 1922. He also showed work at the British Institute and at Suffolk Street.
Leader’s works have always been admired for their literalness and truth to nature. His subjects were usually set in Scotland or the Midlands, but he was especially fond of the landscape around Bettws-y-Coed, Wales. ‘The Breezy Morn’ is a painting of the Surrey pine trees near Leader’s home in Burrows Cross. A larger version of this composition, painted the year before in 1897, hangs in the City Art Gallery, Manchester.
Leader is represented in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Tate Gallery, London and in museums in Bristol, Reading, Liverpool and Melbourne.
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