FINE C1920 NOEL HARRY LEAVER ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTING SIGNED, GILT FRAME
INSCRIBED -Early Mass, France by Noel H Leaver A.R.C.A.
executed watercolour by Noel Harry Leaver, depicting a congregation assembled
before railings and church door in morning sunlight. The painting still retains
its beautifully vibrant colours, for which Leaver was famous. The painting is
signed, “Noel H Leaver”, to the lower left and is inscribed by the artist to
the reverse, “Early Mass, France by Noel H Leaver A.R.C.A."
its original ornate plaster and glazed gilt frame.
Biography - Noel Harry Leaver (23
March 1889 – 24 July 1951)
born at the School House in Austwick, North Yorkshire
where his father Peter was a teacher. Soon after the family returned to
Worsthorne near Burnley in Lancashire. He was
educated at St. James School
and the Burnley School of Art. A huge talent he was one of the youngest ever
pupils of the Royal College of Art when he started his studies there at age
sixteen. At the RCA he followed the classic training route studying modules in
Architecture, Painting Modelling and Design, passing first class in all.
At the age of
21 he was awarded the College’s full Associateship (ARCA) and as top student
won the first of several Travelling Scholarships. Leaver won several
scholarships and travel bursaries and used them to travel to visit Europe and North Africa.
Framed: 55 cm x 43 cm or 21 5/8 inches x 17 inches
Aperture: 36 cm x 25 cm or 14 1/8 inches x 9 7/8 inches
is in good condition with some minor foxing spots and very slight age related
discolouring, but nothing serious or unusual. The frame has suffered with areas
of gilt and plaster losses, otherwise in good antique condition. Please see the images provided which complement this description.
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