19th C. Oil Painting by B.W. Leader
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This 19th c. oil on canvas was done by English landscape artist Benjamin William Leader. He was born in Worcester in 1831 as Benjamin Leader Williams but changed his name to Benjamin Williams Leader to distinguish himself from the many other painters with the surname Williams.
Leader's early works bore the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites with their attention to fine detail and emphasis on painting from nature "en plein air". In his later years he adopted a looser style which was more impressionistic rather than being an exact copy of nature and this proved to be more popular. This picture of an Alpine landscape is signed and dated 1870.

The painting measures 24 in 63 cm wide, 20 in 51.5 cm high and 2 3/8 in 6 cm in depth, inclusive of the frame.