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‘A Welsh Hillside Path’ by Benjamin Williams Leader (1831-1923). This very large fine oil on canvas is signed and dated by the artist and was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1874. The painting is presented in a newly commissioned, bespoke gold metal leaf frame.

 

As with all the paintings we sell it is offered in the finest condition it can be for its age having just been professionally cleaned, conserved and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

 

Benjamin Williams Leader entered the Royal Academy Schools from 1856 and exhibited his first painting at the Summer Exhibition the following year. Leader would go on to become one of the most celebrated landscape artists of the Victorian age and at the height of his fame his paintings commanded the highest prices of any British artist. He exhibited at the Royal Academy every year from 1857 to 1922, an unbroken 65 continuous years, which still stands as a record today.

 

Benjamin Williams Leader was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1883, and an Academician in 1898. He also exhibited abroad, winning a gold medal at the Paris Salon and awarded the Legion of Honour in 1889. Examples of Leader’s work can be seen in Birmingham and Manchester Art Galleries, and the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Gallery in London.

 

Dimensions: (framed) 124cm x 170cm (48¾” x 67”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 106½cm x 152¾cm (42” x 60”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Royal Academy Exhibition, 1874. Private UK collection.

Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.

Condition: Very good. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

 

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