1901. Oil on canvas, 72″ x 60″. Framed in custom cassetta frame in quartersawn white oak (Oxford Oak stain), 8″ wide, with gilt liner.
A 72″ x 60″ landscape oil painting by British artist Benjamin Williams Leader, R.A. with the artist’s typical mastery of light (for scale, see photo at right). I was struck by Leader’s embrace of the raw soil and exposed roots in the foreground which keeps this from being at all sentimental. The painting was to hang in a log home at Lake Tahoe, further arguing for an especially rustic treatment. The frame is 8″ wide, and came in at over 100 pounds! It’s a cassetta with a mortise-and-tenon joined flat and a carved cushion back edge and flattened ovolo, also carved, for the sight edge molding. The carved convex moldings echoe the tree trunks. A flat 3/8″ of gilt oak provides another line of definition and highlight.