7 June 2007
Benjamin Williams Leader, R.A. (1831-1923)
An autumn morning after rain
signed and dated 'B.W.LEADER-1879' (lower left) and further signed and inscribed 'An autumn morning after rain B.W. Leader' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
15 7/8 x 24 in. (40.2 x 60.9 cm.)
Purchased from the artist by J.F. Walker, Birmingham, July 1879, £63. Anonymous sale [Walker]; Christie's, London, 21 April 1883, lot 107 (200 gns to Endicott).
with P. Polak, Bury Art Galleries, London, by 1950.
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The artist's own sale records, 1879.
R. Wood, Benjamin Williams Leader, R.A., 1831-1923, Woodbridge, 1998, pp. 60-61, 63.
It is conceivable that this landscape of 1879 was the initial work which inspired Leader's most publicly acclaimed Royal Academy exhibit of 1881: February Fill Dyke (no. 42). Both landscapes, depicting an unknown hamlet in Worcestershire, were originally titled 'November Morning after Rain'. The Academy picture depicted a winter sunset after rain; in contrast to the present lot's autumnal theme.
We are grateful to Ruth Wood for her help in preparing this catalogue entry. Mrs Wood is currently working on a catalogue raisoneé of the paintings of Benjamin Williams Leader, which will include the present lot.
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