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Oil Painting - February Fill Dyke

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1914P308
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1881 - 1881

Maker Information

Artist:Benjamin Williams Leader - View biography for Benjamin Williams Leader


A famous Victorian landscape, February Fill Dyke was greeted with lukewarm reviews when it was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1881. With later showings in Manchester for the Royal Jubilee Exhibition, it became very popular. The scene is actually a November evening after rain. The title is taken from an old country rhyme;February fill the dyke,Be it black or be it white;But if it be white,It's the better to like.

Bequeathed by Mrs Wilson in memory of her husband, John Edward Wilson, 1914.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
School/Style:English Landscape
Medium:Oil on canvas.


Height:1219 mm
Width:1830 mm