This is a large fine 19th century oil on canvas depicting two figures walking beside the River Lledr and ’The Lledr Valley’ itself, by the celebrated British artist, William Henry Mander (1850-1922). The magnificent Lledr Valley lies in Snowdonia, North Wales and runs from the Crimea Pass down to Betws-y-Coed, a site of artistic pilgrimage for many influential British landscape artists in the 19th century.

 

William Henry Mander was one of the principle artists of late 19th century Birmingham or Midlands School of landscape artists that included Benjamin Williams Leader, David Bates, George Turner, George William Mote and Frederick Henshaw. Like many of his contemporaries he became fascinated by the wild beauty of North Wales and lived in there from 1899 to 1906.

 

Between 1881 and 1914, Mander exhibited 122 works at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, 7 paintings at the Royal Cambrian Academy, and 14 at the Royal Hibernian Academy.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 89cm x 64cm (35” x 25¼”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 76cm x 51cm (30” x 20”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: With Omell Galleries, St James’, London circa 1970, thence in fine private UK collection.

Presentation: 1900s British Baroque swept frame.

Condition: Excellent. Professionally cleaned. Lined circa 1970. Ready to hang.

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