- > William Leighton Leitch
1804 - 1883
William Leitch, landscape artist and watercolourist, was born at Glasgow. A pupil of John Knox, along with McCulloch and Macnee, he was first employed as a scene-painter and later as a painter of snuff boxes, before moving to London where he continued theatre work. A wealthy patron paid for lessons with Copley Fielding and travels to Italy in the 1830s. Private teaching there led to an introduction to and long association with Queen Victoria, to whom he became tutor, along with other members of the Royal Family.