Farmhouse on the South Downs of England by Rowley Leggett

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Rowley Leggett was a talented female artist who exhibited for about 15 years at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. Anthony J Sargeant bought this oil on panel example of her work from another dealer after an auction in Herefordshire. It has something of the feel of Cezanne in its style and is really delightful. There is very little known about her and she stopped exhibiting after the end of the First World War. Was it the consequence of being a female artist with all the hurdles that had to be overcome and then getting married ? Or was she a victim of the Spanish Flu that killed so many after the end of the First World War ? (her last known exhibited work was 1919). If anybody does have information do please let Tony know.

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Anthony J Sargeant bought this painting for his best friend

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Anthony J Sargeant bought this oil on board painting by Rowley Leggett.

Anthony J Sargeant bought this oil on board painting by Rowley Leggett.

Anthony J Sargeant bought this oil on board painting after it was auctioned at Brightwells Auction House in Leominster. Rowley Leggett was a female artist producing work at the beginning of the 20th Century. The scene in the painting is quite likely to be in East Sussex depicting a farm cottage nestled in the South Downs. It has an old label on the frame which refers to Fittleworth, East Sussex. It seems to be in its original frame – which is certainly ‘period’ – but it would probably benefit from being reframed in a less heavy and more sympathetic style.

Rowley Leggett paintings do not attract high prices but we like her style and have personal connections with her – if you have one and you are interested in selling do please let us know. We would like to build up a collection of her work.