This view of the Conway dates from the year that Leader moved to Burrow's Cross, in Gomshall, Surrey, from Worcestershire. Although he never journeyed to Wales after 1889, Welsh views played a consistently important part in his oeuvre. When he visited Bettws-y-coed (modern spelling: Betws-y-coed) in the late 1850s it had already been established as a popular destination for landscape artists such as David Cox (1783-1859). The banks of the river Llugwy, Lledr and Conway provided good vantage points from which to survey the valleys and mountains beyond. Leader used sketches from previous decades when working on later compositions such as the present one.
We are grateful to Ruth Wood for her help in preparing this catalogue entry.