Benjamin Williams Leader: February Fill Dyke
February Fill Dyke by Benjamin Williams Leader, 1881
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.
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