By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARLOWE, W.Va. - A contemporary of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, his works grace museums in this country and Europe, but William Robinson Leigh may be better known in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, than in Berkeley County.
Leigh was born in 1866 at Maidstone, a plantation west of Marlowe, and died in 1955.
The plantation failed after the Civil War and the family moved to Martinsburg, W.Va.
A relative's loan allowed him to attend the Maryland Institute in Baltimore when he was 14, said Hal Dunham, a member of the board of directors of a foundation that bears Leigh's name. Two years later, Leigh was teaching there.
Leigh studied in Munich, Germany, and painted six cycloramas in Europe. Dunham said Leigh's 49-by-492-foot "Crucifixion of Christ at Jerusalem" remains a major attraction in Einsiedeln.