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Alfred Leyman (1856-1933)

Biography of West Country watercolour painter Alfred Leyman (1856-1933)

Alfred Leyman (1856-1933) was a West Country watercolour painter. Leyman was born in Summerland Street in Exeter on 27th September 1856 and was the son of John Francis Leyman, a seaman in the Merchant Service.

Leyman moved to Honiton in 1888 and became Art Master at Allhallows School in 1893, a post he filled for forty years until 1933. This seems an extraordinary feat based on the evidence of one pupil who said that Leyman: 'had no real teaching ability and he would have been happier alone with his easel, and away from the gathering of rowdy boys'.

Away from the trauma of the classroom, Leyman loved the Devon countryside and covered hundreds of miles along the lanes and roads with paint box and easel in hand. He clearly enjoyed painting landscapes and landmarks, villages, rivers and coastal scenes, rarely in any other medium other than watercolour. He seldom left Devon, with the exception of short trips to West Dorset and Somerset, to places like Porlock and Lynton.

Leyman supplemented his teaching income by painting popular resorts for the visitors and we regularly see Leyman watercolours of The Guildhall in Exeter, The Butterwalk in Dartmouth, Dittisham, Clovelly and the high street in Otterton.

In the period Leyman was at his most prolific, Elands Art Gallery in Exeter were showcasing local artists and staged biannual exhibitions, one in April and one in August. In 1906, sixteen Leyman watercolours were shown and one still finds authentic Eland Gallery labels attached to the old backing boards of the Leyman watercolours. Elands were in fact more booksellers than art dealers and the business continued until 2006 when the premises at Mol's Coffee House in Exeter were closed for the last time.

Leyman died in Honiton in 1933.

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Lot FS27/318

Lot FS27/318: Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] Exeter High Street and Guildhall After A Shower of Rain

Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] Exeter High Street and Guildhall after a shower of rain - signed watercolour 42 x 67cm.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £450

Lot FS25/348

Lot FS25/348: Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - Cockington Forge

Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - Cockington Forge - signed, watercolour, 37.5 x 54.5cm.

Estimate: £200 - £300
Realised: £250

Lot FS25/347

Lot FS25/347: Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - The Ship Inn, Porlock, Wagon, Horse and Figures in the Street in the Foreground

Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - The Ship Inn, Porlock, wagon, horse and figures in the street in the foreground - signed bottom right watercolour 26.5 x 44.5cm.

Estimate: £120 - £180
Realised: £150

Lot FS22/306

Lot FS22/306: Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - The Lych Gate, Offwell

Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - The Lych Gate, Offwell - signed watercolour 53 x 73cm.

Estimate: £600 - £900
Realised: £600

Lot FS21/346

Lot FS21/346: Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - Clovelly

Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - Clovelly - signed watercolour 36 x 52cm.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £350

Lot FS21/352

Lot FS21/352: Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - Tintagel

Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - Tintagel - signed watercoour 36 x 535cm.

Estimate: £200 - £300
Realised: £200

Lot EX79/87

Lot EX79/87: Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - Gittisham, East Devon

Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - Gittisham, East Devon - signed watercolour 35 x 53.5cm.

Estimate: £300 - £500
Realised: £240

Lot EX79/88

Lot EX79/88: Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - East Devon Cottages, A Figure Ad Stepping Stones in the Foreground

Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - East Devon cottages, a figure ad stepping stones in the foreground - signed watercolour 25 x 45cm.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £240

Lot FS20/416

Lot FS20/416: Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - The Guildhall, Exeter

Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - The Guildhall, Exeter - signed watercolour 75 x 52cm.

Estimate: £200 - £300
Realised: £580

Lot FS17/436

Lot FS17/436: Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - Cathedral Close, Exeter

Alfred Leyman [1856-1933] - Cathedral Close, Exeter signed and dated 1914 watercolour 53.5 x 75cm.

Estimate: £300 - £500
Realised: £1,500

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