• Isola Bella from the Isola dei Pescatori, Lake Maggiore -
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    Signed and dated 1865 lower right
    watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour
    24 by 35cm., 9 1/2 by 13 3/4 inches

    Lake Maggiore is the westernmost of the three Italian Lakes. The present watercolour is taken from the Isola dei Pescatori or Isola Superiore, one of the Borromean Islands which are situated on the western arm of the lake. As its name suggests, it was and still is a fishing village. Through the arch is visible Isola Bella, the most famous and most visited of the islands. It is named after Isabella, Countess Borromeo - between 1650 and 1671, Vitaliano Borromeo built a summer palace on the island which still exists today alongside its famous terraced gardens.
  • View on a North Italian Lake -
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    Signed and dated 1882 lower left

    watercolour heightened with bodycolour

    13.7 by 22.4cm., 5 1/4 by 8 3/4 inches

     

    Leitch visited Italy in 1833 paid for by a stockbroker and client Mr Anderden. He remained there until July 1837. On his return he built up a successful practice as a drawing master, his pupils including Queen Victoria.

  • A Windmill by a Country Road -
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    Signed and dated 1856 lower left

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour

    22.5 x 35.6 cm., 8 ? x 14 inches

  • A Sailing Boat on a River -
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    Watercolour over pencil heightened with touches of bodycolour

    20.2 by 33 cm., 8  by 13 inches

     

    Provenance:

    With Colnaghi, London, circa 1950 (A15760)

  • Landscape with Trees -
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  • Landscape with Tower -
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  • Cottage at Craigleith near Edinburgh -
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    With studio stamp lower left and inscribed: Edin.r Nov.r 3d 1856 and inscribed on old backing: Craig Leith

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour on oatmeal paper

    21.7 by 32.1 cm., 8 ½ by 12 ½ in.

     

    Born in Glasgow, he was apprenticed to a lawyer before turning to painting in the early 1820s. He painted scenery at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow from 1824 to 1826 before moving to London in about 1828. In 1833 he was given the money by a patron, the stockbroker Mr Anderden, to visit Italy and the continent. On his return in July 1837 he set up a successful drawing practice numbering Queen Victoria and other members of the Royal Family among his pupils.

  • Cattle watering by a ruined Castle and Bridge -
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    Signed lower right: WL Leitch 1878

    Watercolour over touches of pencil

    23.3 by 37.6 cm., 9 by 14 ¾ in.

     

    Provenance:

    With Thos. Agnew & Sons, circa 1940 as `Stranraer'

  • The Trossachs at Loch Katrine, Ben Venue, Perthshire -
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    Signed lower right: W.L. Leitch 1858

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with traces of bodycolour

    318 x 485 mm., 12 ½ x 19 in.

     

    William Leighton Leitch began his career as a scene painter and painter of snuff boxes in Scotland before moving to London, where he continued as a scenery painter, while taking lessons from Copley Fielding. He travelled extensively throughout Europe between 1833 and 1837, particularly in Italy, where he was based. On his return he established himself as a landscape painter and drawing master, numbering Queen Victoria amongst his pupils.

     

    Ben Venue lies approximately one mile south-west of Loch Katrine in the Trossachs. The area was immortalised in Sir Walter Scott’s poem, The Lady of the Lake, 1810. It was a popular subject with artists including Copley Fielding, who exhibited a similar subject at the OWS in 1848.

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