July 10, 2017 thru
April 17, 2018


Marcia and Henry
DeWitt Gallery

Portraits and France
Works by Ethel P. B. Leach

Ethel P.B. Leach Portrait of Fannie Brown Quillen Luff oil on canvas 26" x 32"


Born in Wilmington, Delaware where she spent much of her life, Ethel P.B. Leach (1878 – 1960) was known as the dean of women artists in Delaware during the first half of the twentieth century. She gained much respect on the East Coast for a lengthy career that included illustration, interior scenes, landscapes, portraits, and floral depictions. For the last thirty years of her life, she and her husband, Will Leach, were the mainstays of the Rehoboth Art League.

After 1901, she turned primarily to illustration work to earn money and in 1903, returned to Wilmington where she studied with Howard Pyle, then America's most noted illustrator.

In 1912, she arrived in Paris and lived in the American Art Students Club and in the village of Senlis. Her work was accepted for the Paris Salon and she earned other recognition including acceptance into the International Union of Beaux-Arts and Letters.

The works in this exhibition depict examples of her illustrations and portraiture, as well as etchings inspired by her trip to France.

Jay Pastore, curator
Adapted from Jann Gilmore, ‘Ethel P.B. Leach: Her Life and Work,’ “American Art Review”, June 1999 and ‘Delaware Women Artists’, “American Art Review”, April 2002.

Selected Images


Ethel P. B. Leach 1913 Senlis Cathedral etching paper 16" x 13"(frame)


Ethel P. B. Leach 1913 Town Wall etching paper 16" x 13"(frame)


Ethel P. B. Leach "I do not see."... oil on canvas 30.5" x 20.5"


Ethel P. B. Leach "oh yes," replied... oil canvas 30.5" x 20.5"


Ethel P. B. Leach 1913 House with the Uneven Windows
etching paper 16" x 13" (frame)


Ethel P. B. Leach 1913 Street Scene with Steeple and Tower
etching paper 16" x 13" (frame)