Harry Leith-Ross 1886-1973

Autumn Landscape

  • 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches (21 x 26 cm)
  • Signed lower left: Leith-Ross

Why We Love It

Though one of the lesser known among the artists of the New Hope colony, Leith-Ross was an accomplished painter, and this landscape bears all the hallmarks of his Pennsylvania impressionist style, particularly the clear high-key palette and lively brushwork, which he employed here to capture the dappled sunlight in this charming autumn scene.

The Value

Harry Leith-Ross is another of our favorite artists who, in our opinion, is still under-recognized and under-priced. Impressionist works such as this one are always in demand, and this picture offers an opportunity to acquire one at a very reasonable price. This painting is in perfect condition.

Artist Background

1886: Born in the British Colony of Mauritius, off the southeastern coast of Africa. Received his early education in England; 1903: Accepted an invitation to work in his uncle’s coal business in New Mexico. Moved to Denver shortly thereafter to pursue a career in advertising and commercial art; 1909: Traveled to Paris to study at the Academie Delecluse and at the Academie Julian with Jean-Paul Laurens; 1910: Returned to United States and enrolled at National Academy of Design in New York City, where he studied with Cy Turner; 1913: Attended the summer school of the Art Students League, where he studied with Birge Harrison and John Carlson and also met the New Hope impressionist painter John Folinsbee; 1914: Visited New Hope area of Pennsylvania for the first time; 1910s: Exhibited first landscapes at the National Academy of Design (NAD) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA); 1917-18: Served as a second lieutenant in First World War; 1920s: Exhibited regularly at the Art Institute of Chicago, NAD, and PAFA; 1935: Settled in Solebury, Pennsylvania, and became an integral member of the New Hope arts community; 1973: Died.