The Village Inn, Worcester , Benjamin Leader
  • Artist
    Benjamin Leader
  • Born
    1831
  • Died
    1923
  • Title
    The Village Inn, Worcester
  • Date of Production
    1889
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    81.6 x 122.2 cm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of Mr. Martin Loughlin, 1890

Benjamin Leader

The Village Inn, Worcester

Born in Worcester in 1831 Leader was one of the most prolific and best known Victorian landscape painters. He was an  Associate and later a Member of the Royal Academy.  Set in Worcester, this view of a rambling village inn  located near a church with a Norman tower is one of two versions commenced by Leader in January 1889.

Leader shows his mastery of the depiction of the effects of light on water, capturing the reflections of the late afternoon sky in the flooded fields and laneway in front of the inn.  The other related work, titled Peaceful evening, Hesperus is very similar in its composition with the major difference being the presence of a double gabled roof on the inn side of the tower.