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A Parkland View at Dusk

William Leighton Leitch (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1804–1883 London)
Former Attribution:
Peter De Wint (British, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent 1784–1849 London)
ca. 1879
Watercolor and graphite
sheet: 8 1/8 x 13 1/4 in. (20.6 x 33.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Didier Aaron Inc. Gift, 2003
Accession Number:
Not on view
Bold shadows from the late-day sun stretch across the landscape. Deft touches of green, brown, blue, and ochre watercolor create a parkland lined with ancient trees, and fluid washes in similar tones suggest the rolling earth and crepuscular sky. The slightly rough texture of the woven paper heightens the sense of atmosphere, seeming to give presence to the air. Although this drawing was once attributed to Peter de Wint, it bears at the lower right the studio stamp of William Leighton Leitch, who signed and dated a second version of this composition in 1879. A generation younger than De Wint and David Cox, Leitch carried the tradition of naturalistic landscape watercolor painting into the second half of the nineteenth century; he served both as drawing master to Queen Victoria and as vice-president of London's New Society of Painters in Water-Colours.
Inscription: Inscribed in graphite at upper left of verso: "56 82"
Inscribed in graphite at upper right of verso: "17" circled
Inscirbed in graphite at lower right of verso: "P de Wint"

Marking: Stamped in red ink at lower right of recto: "WLL" (artist's studio stamp)
The artist's sale (Lugt 1734), Christie's, London, March 13-15, 1884; Cornish Torbock (Crossings Hall, Westmorland)(sold at the following); Sale, Sotheby's, London, April 14, 1994, lot 214; Monsieur and Madame Gérald Bauer(sold at the following); Sale, Christie's, London, Jan. 22, 2003, lot 47; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 12, 2004–April 4, 2004.

Gérald Bauer Le Siècle d'Or de l'Aquarelle Anglaise 1750-1850: guide d'un amateur passionné. Anthèse, 1998, Here wrongly attributed to Peter De Wint, not Leitch., fig. no. 134, p. 104.

Christie's, London The Collection of Monsieur et Madame Gérald Bauer: British Watercolours from the Golden Age. [Sale catalogue]. January 22, 2003, lot 47, p. 85, ill.

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