A delightful, light and airy study of Llyn Helsi in North Wales by renowned landscape painter BenjaminWilliams Leader. Born Benjamin Williams, but added the surname Leader to distinguish himself from the Williams family of artists, to whom he was not related, a Worcester landscape painter who exhibited at the RA from 1857-1922. Leader’s early pictures show some pre-Raphaelite influence, but he later developed a broader, more naturalistic style, which was enormously successful. His best known picture is “February Fill-Dyke” (now in Birmingham Art Gallery) which has been described as the equivalent in landscape painting of the “Light of the World” in religious painting. Leader’s works have always been admired for their literalness and “truth to Nature”. “Llyn Helsi” has all the characteristics, style and charm of Leader’s works and to this end can only be described as an excellent painting.
Excellent. The painting has been lightly cleaned.
From a private collection in London
We hope to be showing this piece at the BADA Fine Art & Antique Fair at the Duke of York Square, Chelsea. London from 5th to 11th March 2008. For details about the fair visit www.bada-antiques-fair.co.uk
Benjamin Williams Leader, British (1831 - 1923) – “Llyn Helsi, North wales” – dated 1879, signed lower right. Oil on canvas in original water gilded giltwood & gesso swept frame