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Benjamin Williams Leader was an English landscape artist. Born Benjamin Williams, he added the surname Leader to distinguish himself from the Williams family of artists to whom he was not related. He studied at the Royal Academy and exhibited there from 1857 to 1922. He also showed work at the British Institute and at Suffolk Street.

Leader’s works have always been admired for their literalness and truth to nature. His subjects were usually set in Scotland or the Midlands, but he was especially fond of the landscape around Bettws-y-Coed, Wales. ‘Sunshine After Rain’ depicts cottages in Worcestershire. The painting dated 1882, is one of a number of works painted in the area around this period. It also continues a stylistic effect Leader had exploited for the first time the previous year where he used light reflections in the puddles of rain-filled tracks to illuminate his landscape*.

Leader is represented in the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Tate Gallery, London and in museums in Bristol, Reading, Liverpool and Melbourne.

*Ruth Wood ‘Benjamin Williams Leader RA – His Life and Paintings’, 1998

Date:  1882
Period:  1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  UK
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed & Dated 1882

Dimensions: 81.3 x 122 cm (32 x 48 inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints