Frederick Wrigley Leach (1877-1949)

Born 10th Jan 1877 in Manchester, moved with family to Douglas (2, South Quay) in 1888. His father Miles Wrigley Leach was apparently an artist describing himself in the 1891 census as 'artist in water colours'. According to Ingram studied with father and at IoM School of Art, where presumeably also came into contact with A Knox.

The 1891 census shows 41 year old Lancashire born Myles W Leach, wife Alice, ,36, born in Cheshire and three daughters Jane, 10, Louie 9 both born Derbyshire and Norah, aged 4,born Lancashire - Frederick is presumeably away at school. Two more children, Miles Wrigley,jnr, in 1894 (a Miles Wrigley Leach, RN, is noted on the Roll of Honour in the Nunnery Chappel , presumeably as a combatant rather than as casualty as his name does not appear in list of war-dead)., and Amy were still to be born. Brown's 1894 Directory has Leach & Son , 61 Derby Road, under [House] Painters and Decorators and also Plumbers..

Worked as clerk in Douglas for Wigan Coal and Iron Company and painted, mostly in watercolour, in spare time; founder member of Manx Art Society. Produced two sets of pencil sketches of old Douglas for which he is best known : first set of prints issued in 1913 and second in 1925 both printed by Louis G Meyer.

Died in Douglas.

Did some illustrations for Mannin, also printed by Meyer; also illustrated several books.

Would also appear to be interested in ornithology as Ralfe thanks him in his 1905 book for help in compiling lists.



Illustrations to How the Manx Fleet helped in Great War, 1923

Essay "The Art of J.M. Nicholson" Manx Quarterly #20 p287


Ingram et al, Art of Mann Surby:Moods of Mann (ISBN 0-9524304-3-6) 1996.

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