15 November 2007
Benjamin Williams Leader, R.A. (1831-1923)
signed and dated 'B.W.LEADER. 1877.' (lower left) and further inscribed 'Church and River Stratford on Avon' (on the reverse)
oil on board
16 x 24 in. (40.6 x 61 cm.)
Sold by the artist to Clark, December 1877 (£70).
Myles Ariel Clark; Christie's London, 30 April 1906, lot 27 (£47.5s to Mitchell).
with M. Newman Ltd, London, 1962.
with Harrods, London, 1962.
with Gavin Graham Gallery, London.
with A. Baird-Carter, London.
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The artist's own sale record, 1877.
F. Lewis, Benjamin Williams Leader R.A., Leigh-on-Sea, 1971.
Connoisseur, October 1962, illustrated.
Country churches were always favourite subjects of Leader's; especially those in the villages of his birth county, Worcestershire. In this landscape, the early thirteenth-century Holy Trinity Parish Church at Stratford is viewed across the River Avon. It is the church where William Shakespeare was baptised and is buried. There is a larger, more finished version of this scene which Leader has dated 1878.
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.
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