Noel H. Leaver, British 1889-1951’North African Town Scenery’


Signed ‘NOEL H. LEAVER’ lower left, watercolor framed with protective glass, image size: 11 x 18 in. including frame: 21.5 x 28 in.

Label of ‘Harlow, McDonald & Co.’ New York verso, inscribed in hand ‘Mosques of Arabia’

Noel Harry Leaver was born in Austwick, Yorkshire in 1889 but is better known as a Burnley artist, the town in which he lived and worked for most of his life. He is most famous as the painter of distinctive North African views or ‘Easterns’, although his work includes a much wider range of landscapes, town views, interiors and even still life.

His earlier paintings are softer and looser than his later more accomplished works, but still show his fine understanding of detail and construction. His was particularly known for his treatment of skies.

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 doing modules in Architecture, Painting Modelling and Design passing first class in all.

Leaver returned from Italy in 1912 to take up the first of his teaching posts at Halifax School of Art where he worked until 1915. After this he taught at the Burnley School of art up until the mid 1930’s

Leaver soon gained an excellent reputation and his work became collected. His repertoire of subjects had grown and he was known not just for his Eastern scenes but also for his excellent English & Continental townscapes.  His commissions now included views all over the world including many in the US.

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