September Sunshine

LL 3631


This is a carefully composed scene on the upper reaches of the River Thames. It shows a classic 19th-century Thames fishing punt, which developed before the punts generally used for pleasure purposes after the 1880s, which no longer included a wet well. Leslie was the owner of a punt and wrote a wonderful book, 'Our Thames', which extols the virtues of punting. The artist took up landscape painting in late middle age when his scenes from everyday life became unfashionable. For some years he rented a property at Wallingford, and compiled books based on letters describing the flora, fauna and changing seasons of the River Thames.