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In the fields
oil on canvas on wood panel
70.0 × 105.2 cm
inscribed in red paint l.l.: B W. Leader. / 1863.
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1873
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Exhibited Society of British Artists Exhibition, London, 1863, no. 433; London Art Union Prize, selected by Mr M. Peden, Sydney, 1863; collection of Mr Peden, Sydney, until 1873; from whom purchased, through the Australian Auction mart (Pitt & O’Connell Sts., Sydney),  by E. L. Montefiore, for the NGV, 1873.

Exhibited Society of British Artists, London, 1863, no. 433; The First Fifty Years: 19th Century British Art from the Gallery Archives, National Gallery of Victoria,\, Melbourne, 1992; Hidden Treasures, David Jones’ Gallery, Sydney, 1992.

Benjamin Leader is one of many nineteenth century artists who were very highly regarded and prominent in their lifetime but whose naturalistic style fell out of favour as taste shifted radically in the twentieth century. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1857 until 1922, at the British Institution and Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street, where this painting was shown in 1863. He was made an ARA 1883, RA 1898 and received a gold medal and Cross of the Legion of Honour at the Paris Exposition 1889.


It is likely this frame is of local manufacture, either by Whitehead or Stevens at the time of acquisition in 1873.

Unknown - 19th century

over-painted with gold paint