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Benjamin William Leader

Biography of Artist

1831 - 1923

He was a Worcester landscape and coastal painter. He changed his name from Benjamin Williams but added the surname Leader to avoid confusion with the Williams family, to whom he was not related. He married Mary Eastlake and was father to Benjamin Eastlake Leader.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1857 - 1922.

His subjects were usually set in Scotland or the Midlands, but he was especially fond of the landscapes around Betwys-y-Coed, Wales.

Leader’s early pictures show some Pre-Raphaelite influence, but he later developed a broader, more naturalistic style, which was enormously successful.

Leader’s works have always been admired for their literalness and ‘truth to nature’.

He became an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1883 and a full member in 1898.

Whittington, Worcs 1880

Exhibited at:
Agnew & Sons Gallery x 1
Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham x 6
Carfax & Co Gallery x 1
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool x 10
Manchester City Art Gallery x 11
Royal Academy x 158
Royal Cambrian Academy x 1
Royal Hibernian Academy x 1
Royal Institute of Oil Painters x 2
Arthur Tooth & Sons Gallery x 193