Lot 45
  • 45

Benjamin Williams Leader, R.A.

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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  • Benjamin Williams Leader, R.A.
  • A Lock on the Thames, Streatley

  • signed and dated l.l.: B.W. LEADER 1898; further signed and titled on the stretcher

  • oil on canvas
  • 51 by 76cm., 20 by 30in.


Sold by the artist in July 1898 to John Edward Yates for £100;
Henry Angus Morton;
Christie's, 13 March 1928, lot 12;
Arthur Tooth & Son, London, £130; 
Edward W. Tilling, Kent, 1928 and thence by descent


Leader's Records of Paintings Sold, July 1898;

Frank Lewis, Benjamin Williams Leader RA, 1831-1923, 1971, p. 47, cat. nos. 434 and 436, illustrated fig.70;
Ruth Wood, Benjamin Williams Leader RA, 1831-1923: His Life and Paintings, 1998, pp. 47-48, 127

Catalogue Note

The title of the present picture was originally Cleve Lock; Evening, as recorded by the artist when it was sold to the largest cotton spinner in Rochdale, John Edward Yates in July 1898: the same year the artist was elected a Royal Academician. Over the century, with changes of ownership, the work has acquired different titles.


Cleve (Cleeve) Lock is on the Thames, in Berkshire, where the villages of Streatley and Goring face each other across the river.  It was first built in 1787 of oak timbers and was rebuilt in stone in 1874. This area was a favourite haunt for Leader throughout his career.