• Sampans on a Chinese Lake -

    Signed lower right: R.P. LEITCH/1856

    Watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with bodycolour

    228 x 324 mm., 9 x 12 ¾ in.


    Leitch was the son of the watercolour artist William Leighton Leitch (1804-1883) and took over his father’s royal pupils, including Queen Victoria, from 1859 onwards. This watercolour probably relates to a group of Chinese views which Leitch worked up from sketches by Charles Wirgman (1822-1891) in 1857 for the Illustrated London News.

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