14"x11", signed, watercolour
Leaver - Noel Henry Leaver (1889 - 1951)
Noel Leaver - Noel Henry Leaver (1889 - 1951). Born in Austwick, Yorkshire in 1889 but is better known as a Burnley artist. He started his training as an architect and became one of the youngest ever pupils of the Royal College of Art when he started his studies at 16. His earlier paintings are softer and looser than his later more accomplished works, but still show his fine understanding of detail and construction. Particularly known for his treatment of skies. Leaver won numerous scholarships and travel bursaries and used them to travel to visit Europe and Northern Africa. His earlier works in which he is still developing his style are usually signed in mixed lower & upper case Noel H LEAVER ARCA. In later life he usually signed in capitals NOEL H LEAVER, dropping the ARCA. Leaver is probably most famous for his Middle Eastern views. These are his North African based works with their distinctive vivid blue skies, arches and mosques. He is known to have widely exhibited throughout the North East, North West and Yorkshire.