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Benjamin Williams Leader, R.A.
A RELIC OF THE PAST
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Benjamin Williams Leader, R.A.
A RELIC OF THE PAST
Estimation
30 00050 000
Lot. Vendu 37,500 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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Benjamin Williams Leader, R.A.
1831-1923
A RELIC OF THE PAST
signed and dated l.l.: B.W.LEADER. 1897; further signed on the stretcher
oil on canvas
93 by 146 cm., 36½ by 57½in.
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Provenance

Sold by the artist to Agnew's, London, for £500 in December 1897;
Leggatt Bros., London, 1898;
Knight, Frank & Rutley, London, 7-12 December 1931, lot number untraced;
F.J. Lawes;
Christie's, London, 11 December 1942, lot 101 to 'Thompson';
Christie's, London, 29 March 1996, lot 124;
Christie's, London, 15 December 2011, lot 67, where purchased by the present owner

Bibliographie

Frank Lewis, Benjamin Williams Leader, R.A. 1831-1923, 1971, p.46, no.406.
Ruth Wood, Benjamin Williams Leader, RA 1831-1923; His Life and Paintings, 1998, p.90, pl.48

Description

Benjamin William Leader moved from his native Worcestershire in 1889 to Burrows Cross House in Surrey which was designed and built for the portrait painter Frank Holl who died not long after its completion. Situated on a ridge near the village of Gomshall, this house was to be Leader's home for the rest of his life. The surrounding countryside provided Leader with a wealth of inspiration and subject matter for his paintings.

A Relic of the Past
depicts the Old Malt House (now Malt House Cottages) in Gomshall. The Sixteenth Century timber-framed building with its distinctive red-brick chimneys was painted several times by Leader and provided a nostalgic model for his idyllic English landscape style.

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