Benjamin Williams Leader (1831-1923) was a British painter known for his landscape and rural scenes. He was born on March 12, 1831, in Worcester, England. Leader studied at the Worcester School of Design and later at the Royal Academy Schools in London.
Leader gained recognition for his atmospheric landscapes and meticulous attention to detail. His works often depicted idyllic countryside scenes with a focus on natural beauty and the effects of light. He was influenced by the Romantic landscape tradition and was associated with the Barbizon School.
One of Leader's most famous paintings is "February Fill Dyke," which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1881 and became highly popular. The painting depicts a winter landscape with a frozen river and cottages in the distance. His other notable works include "Peace and War" and "Autumn's Last Gleam."
Leader was a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and served as its President from 1898 to 1918. He was highly regarded during his lifetime and received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to British art.
Benjamin Williams Leader passed away on March 22, 1923, in Surrey, England, leaving behind a significant body of work that continues to be admired by art enthusiasts and collectors. His paintings can be found in various museums and galleries, including the Tate Britain in London.