c. 1949
William Leech RHA  b. Dublin 1881 d. Surrey, England 1968
The Creek, Tuckton by William Leech RHA
© Estate of William Leech, Photograph © John Kellett/Drogheda Borough Council
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Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 44 x 35 cm
Permanent Catalogue No. DMAC 0006
Provenance: 1960

Presented by the bequest of Mrs. Julia M. Egan, through the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland.

William John Leech was born in Dublin and educated at St. Columba's College, Rathfarnham, and in Switzerland. He studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, at the Royal Hibernian Academy School (RHA) under Walter Osborne and at Académie Julian in Paris. He exhibited in the RHA from 1899 and was elected to the RHA in 1910. He lived in England from 1916 but continued to exhibit in the RHA. the Dawson Gallery, Dublin and in the New English Arts Club and in the Royal Academy (RA).

He is acknowledged as one of the greatest colourists in Irish art. He died in almost total obscurity in Surrey in 1968.
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