Benjamin Williams Leader 1831-1923
'A Sandy Shore on the South Coast, Littlehampton', 1904
oil on canvas
91 x 152 cm (36 x 60 in)
This is an excellent example of the atmospheric, coastal scenes that Leader painted with increasing popularity from around the late 1880s. After 1889, he and his family moved from his native Worcestershire to Surrey and the West Sussex resort town of Littlehampton became a favourite summer destination. In this work, Leader took his view from a spot amidst the sheltered dunes, where clumps of deep blue thistle answer skies that pale in comparison as the noonday sun picks its way through the clouds.
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