Description: signed and dated l.l.: B. W. LEADER - 1894 -
oil on canvas
Dimensions: 76 by 122 cm. ; 30 by 48 in.
Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1894, no. 317
Literature: Frank Lewis, Benjamin Williams Leader R.A. 1831-1923, 1971, pg. 44 (cat no. 355 and 352 which appear to be the same subject), repr. fig. 60;
Ruth Wood, Benjamin Williams Leader RA 1831-1923; His Life and Paintings, 1998, pg. 130
Provenance: W. H. Patterson, London;
Notes: Leader conducted a deep-felt love affair with the Surrey landscape, which lasted for virtually his whole career from the late 1850s onwards. Over thirty years after he first painted in the area around Abinger, Leader took up residence at Burrows Cross, close to the village of Shere. In the surrounding area he found many vistas which gave him intense inspiration and the church of Shere is to be found in several of his paintings of the mid-1890s, including Shere Church of 1892 and The Village Church of 1894. It is likely that the present view of woodcutters resting during their labours was also painted close to Burrows Cross.
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