Leigh, Jared (DNB00)

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LEIGH, JARED (1724–1769), amateur artist, apparently the son of Jared Leigh, was born in 1724. His father is said to have descended from the family of Leigh of West Hall, Cheshire. He became a proctor in Doctors' Commons, and died prematurely 1 May 1769; he was buried in St. Andrew's Wardrobe. He was married and left issue; one of his daughters married Francis Wheatley, R.A. Leigh was an amateur who occasionally sold his pictures. He painted chiefly sea-pieces and landscapes, and exhibited twenty-three pictures with the Free Society of Artists from 1761 to 1767.

[Notes and Queries, 5th ser. viii. 148; Edwards's Anecdotes, p. 28; Mulvany's Life of Gandon, p. 213; Redgrave's Dict. of Artists of the English School; information from Lionel Cust esq., F.S.A.]

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