William John Leech

William John Leech

William John Leech (10 April 1881 – 16 July 1968) was an Irish painter.


  • Biography 1
  • Art Work 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4


Leech was born in Dublin and studied there at the Metropolitan School. He later transferred to the Royal Hibernian Academy and studied under Walter Osborne. In 1903, Leech left Dublin for Paris, where he would fall in love with the French landscape.

After he returned to Dublin from Brittany in 1906 he was soon embraced into the artistic circle of Sinn Féin as part of the Irish Festival at the Rotunda.

On his return to France he married Elizabeth Saurin, a young painter of a similar style, in Concarneau. They separated after just two years of marriage. Leech would travel throughout Europe and eventually settled in England in 1919, with frequent visits to the South of France, to Marseilles, Grasse and Cagnes-sur-Mer.

Art Work

Leech was well known for his illustrations of Concarneau harbour. The works of Leech feature coastal and harbour scenes, landscapes, interiors, still life and portraits.

External links

  • William John Leech Paintings & Bio
  • Leech at Irish Art


  • "The Irish Impressionists, Irish Artists in France and Belgium 1850-1914". Julian Campbell. National Gallery of Ireland. 1984
  • http://www.mpfa.ie/Leech.htm Retrieved September 24, 2006.