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George William Leech RI (British, 1894-1966)


British landscape painter and etcher, he was born in London in 1894.Leech studied at the Lambeth and Putney schools of art.

In 1915, he won a bronze medal at South Kensington for drawing from the nude. These two delicate charcoals date from c. 1920 when Leech was engaged in drawing from life, portraying his characteristic lightness of touch for his subjects.

Leech served in France between 1916-1919 in the Green Howards. Returning from the war, he was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and also at the RI (Royal Institute of Painters in water-colours) and RWA (Royal West of England Academy).

Although better known for his landscapes, Leech continued to produce figurative drawings throughout his life, focussing particularly on tender evocations of the female form, as these two examples demonstrate.


George William Leech. Recumbent Nude


Recumbent Nude
Charcoal on paper
signed lower right
28.4 x 37.4 cm.

SOLD

 


George William Leech. Recumbent Nude


Recumbent Nude
Charcoal on paper
signed lower left
24.4 x 47 cm.

SOLD

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