Description: Benjamin Williams Leader, R.A. (1831-1923) Evening on the Surrey Wolds signed and dated 'B.W.LEADER 1892' (lower left) and further signed and inscribed 'Evening on the Surrey Wolds B.W.Leader' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 30¼ x 48 in. (76.8 x 122 cm.)
Artist or Maker: Benjamin Williams Leader, R.A. (1831-1923)
Exhibited: London, Arthur Tooth, Winter Exhibition, 1892, no. 34.
Provenance: Purchased from the atist by Arthur Tooth, London, October 1892, (£275).
Anonymous sale [Arthur Anderson (+)]; Christie's, London, 19 May 1894, lot 29 (£315 to Gribble).
with M. Newman Ltd., London.
Notes: Leader depicts Burrows Cross, a crossroads outside Gomshall in Surrey. The artist had moved to Gomshall in 1889 from his birth county of Worcestershire. The Scots pine trees are a dominant feature of Leader's Surrey landscapes; the remain characteristic of the landscape today.
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A small preparatory sketch for the present lot exists, however it is dated 1893; a common error for Leader who would annotate material retrospectively when preparing it for exhibition or sale.
We are grateful to Ruth Wood for her help in preparing this catalogue entry. Mrs Wood is working on a catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Benjamin Williams Leader.