This is a large fine early 19th century landscape oil on canvas depicting various figures going about their work at ‘Berry Pomeroy Mill’ in Devon by the eminent English landscape painter James Leakey (1775-1865). This 200-year old oil painting is one of two Leakey painted of the famous Devonshire mill, the other is now hangs in the collection of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the finest condition it can be for its age, having been professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Clients should also note that fully insured, tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.
In 1792, aged 16, James Leakey was accepted as a pupil of Sir Joshua Reynolds but the incumbent President of the Royal Academy died before Leakey could begin his studies. Leakey remained in his native Devon and built a fine reputation as a gifted painter of miniatures. When he finally moved to London in 1821, he became friends with many of the leading artists of the day including John Constable, David Wilkie, and Thomas Lawrence. Leakey’s detailed rural landscapes prompted Lawrence to described him as “the English Wouwermans” after the famous Dutch Master.
Between 1821 and 1846 James Leakey exhibited 12 paintings at the Royal Academy, and today his work hangs in numerous galleries and museums including the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Dimensions: (framed) 85cm x 66cm (33½” x 26”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 69cm x 51cm (27” x 20”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: With the David Messum Gallery circa 1950, thence in private UK collection.
Presentation: 20th century giltwood swept frame.
Condition: Very good. Professionally cleaned, lined, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.