Rocky Coastal Landscape
Pastel 33 x 23 cm
Sleigh was an English mural painter, stained-glass artist, illustrator and wood engraver, best known for his work An Ancient Mappe of Fairyland, Newly Discovered and Set Forth which is in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Sleigh was apprenticed to a wood engraver at age 14 and attended the Birmingham School of Art. He was a student of Arthur Gaskin (1862–1928), who worked with Edward Burne-Jones. While studying he came under the influence of the Birmingham Group. Being especially skilled in wood engraving, he soon caught the public eye through his engravings for books. He joined the Society of Mural Decorators and Painters in Tempera. His advertising after 1918 suggests that he could do wall paintings, memorial windows and inscriptions in metal. At exhibitions of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists he offered to do furniture inlays. He became part of the Bromsgrove Guild in 1897, receiving commissions for decorating churches such as Wallasey in Cheshire, and designing stained-glass windows.
After sending Henry Payne to Chelsea to study stained-glass technique, the Birmingham School of Art added stained-glass work to their curriculum in 1900. Bernard Sleigh was among the first to enroll for the course.
Sleigh retired to Chipping Campden in 1937, like his mentor Arthur Gaskin, moving into Old Forge Cottage in Cider Mill Lane. His imagery by then had turned from romantic medievalism to a world peopled by fairies and elves