Noel Leaver

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Noel Leaver
Noel Harry Leaver Leon Underwood 1911.jpg
Noel Harry Leaver painted by Leon Underwood in 1911
Born23 March 1889
Died24 July 1951
EducationBurnley School of Art
Royal College of Art
Known forPainting

Noel Harry Leaver (23 March 1889 – 24 July 1951) was an English painter and teacher.

Early life and training[edit]

Leaver was born at the School House in Austwick, North Yorkshire where his father Peter was a teacher.[1] Soon after the family returned to Worsthorne near Burnley in Lancashire. He was educated at St. James School and the Burnley School of Art. He won a National Scholarship to the Royal College of Art at age 16, receiving his full associateship at 21. Towards the end of this time he was awarded a Travelling Scholarship which enabled him to travel to Italy for 6 months (May - October 1911) where he studied painting and architecture. This was followed early the following year with a second travelling scholarship this time awarded by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), the Owen Jones Studentship, which took him back to Italy and from there to North Africa (February - August 1912).[2][3]


Primarily a watercolourist, he was known for hot blue skies, often in contrast with shadowed buildings drawn from experience gained during his travels in Europe and North Africa.[4] Leaver was also known for his paintings of English cathedrals.[2]

He also taught at the Halifax School of Art (1912–15) and then the Burnley School of Art until the mid-1930s.

Sixty-one Noel Leaver watercolours were left to Towneley Hall by the late Dr Peter Bracewell.[3]


  1. ^ artist page at Accessed 2010
  2. ^ a b Taylor, James S. (1983). Noel H Leaver 1889-1951. Burnley Borough Council.
  3. ^ a b Taylor, James S.; Kitto, Tony (2009). Noel H. Leaver (1889-1951) The Bracewell Collection. Burnley Borough Council and the Towneley Hall Society.
  4. ^ Accessed 2010

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