Gerald Leet (1913 - 1998)

Yellow and Pink Lilies on a window ledge overlooking the sea, mid 30’s


SKU: 9594
Oil on canvas, signed

Height – 20cm
Width – 51cm

1 in stock



As a neo-Romantic painter, Leet was an exact contemporary of Carel Weight, with whom as a young man he shared a studio.  He experimented with Surrealism, and was part of the tempera revival within Britain. Leet also served as official war artist in New Delhi, and it is tempting to see this still-life as a melding of his Surrealist tendencies with the Indian light and colour that he witnessed.

Exhibited: Sanctuary, Artist-Gardeners, 1919-39, Garden Museum, London, 25th February – 5 April, 2020

Literature: Christopher Woodward, Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners, 1919–1939, published by Liss Llewellyn, 2020

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Gerald Leet
1913 - 1998

Painter, born in London who attended Goldsmiths’ College, 1929-34, at RCA, 1934-37 and returned to Goldsmiths’ College where he furthered his studies there and the Courtauld Institute, 1937-38.

After war service he was appointed as a war artist at the Viceroy’s House, New Delhi, 1945-46.

A friend of Denton Welch, he held various teaching positions including posts at Ealing College of Art, Eton and Brighton College of Art.

In 1948 Leet was commissioned by the HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to undertake portrait drawings. He showed at the RA and held solo exhibitions at Eton Art Gallery and the Isobar Gallery, Hampstead.

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Gerald Leet (1913 - 1998)
Yellow and Pink Lilies on a window ledge overlooking the sea, mid 30’s