Williams & Son

Benjamin Williams Leader

(British, 1831–1923)

<i>sunshine after rain</i> by benjamin williams leader

Benjamin Williams Leader

Sunshine After Rain, 1882

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<i>the breezy morn</i> by benjamin williams leader

Benjamin Williams Leader

The Breezy Morn, 1898

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Biography

Timeline

1831
Born on March 12 in Worcester, England as Benjamin Leader Williams
1854
Admitted as a student to the Royal Academy Schools in London
1857
Changed his name to "Benjamin Williams Leader" in order to distinguish himself from the many other painters with the surname "Williams"
1861
Moved to London
1862 - 1889
Lived in Whittington
1865
On a visit to Paris, he came to admire the plein air (open-air) techniques used by the French Barbizon artists
1876
Married fellow artist Mary Eastlake
1883
Became Associate of the Royal Academy
1889
Moved to Burrows Crosse House in Surrey, which was designed by Norman Shaw for the artist Frank Holl (British, 1845-1888)
Leader was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, an honour secured on the recommendation of French artist Meissonier

Exhibitions

1889
Exposition Universelle, Paris, France
1857 - 1858
National Institution of Fine Arts, London
1854 - 1923
Exhibited approximately 216 paintings at the Royal Academy over 69 years

Public Collections

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK