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Lived/Active: England      Known for: Cornish genre, landscapes, interiors and religious painting, murals

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Harold Harvey 1874—1941 was born in Penzance, Cornwall, England on 20 May 1874 , the son of Francis McFarland Harvey, a bank clerk and Mary (née Bellringer). He became a painter in both watercolour and oils, depicting Cornish life and landscapes, later interiors and religious subjects; he was also a muralist.

His primary education was at home, and then he studied art first with Norman Garstin, in Paris at Academie Julian 1894-96, and Academie Colarossi and Atelier Delecluse in 1896. 

On returning to Penzance in the late 1890s, he worked again with Garstin before he married the artist Gertrude Bodinnar Harvey in 1911. He painted in both watercolour and oils depictions of Cornish life and landscapes, later changing to interiors and religious subjects set against local backgrounds.

A full page detail from his painting St Just Tin Miners is included on page 130 of the Public Catalogue Foundation's review of oil paintings in public ownership (PCF, 2007) in Cornwall. It is held by the Royal Cornwall Museum in their permanent collection.

Together with Ernest Procter, his 'best friend', he ran one of the several painting schools in the area from 1920. His residences in the area included 20 North Parade and 5 Trewartha Terrace, both in Penzance, up until his marriage, and then Maen Cottage at Newlyn until his death.

Amongst his particular friends was the Vicar of St Hilary, Fr Bernard Walke, whose wife Annie Fearon was also an artist, and Harvey produced some paintings for the Church at St Hilary.  Other close friends were Laura Knight and Harold Knight and the artists of the Lamorna Valley set. His conversion to Catholicism occurred later in life.

He died on 19 May, 1941, age 67, in Newlyn, and he is buried in the RC section of the Heamoor Cemetery in Penzance.

Associate of the Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy 1909-1913;
South Wales Art Society 1910;
Newlyn Society of Artists c1910 to early 1930s

Frequently from 1895 in Britain, also Venice and Pittsburgh;
RA from 1921-1941;
Mendoza Gallery, London 1913;
Barbizon House, London 1932;
Leicester Galleries, London 1918 and 1920 (both shared with Gertrude), 1927;
Newlyn Art Gallery Opening 1895, October 1899, 1909 (first Gallery sale), March 1914, Summer 1921, December 1924, Spring 1925, Spring 1926, March 1927, Summer 1928;
Oldham Municipal Gallery Spring Exhibition 1924;
Bristol 1937, 1939;

Posthumous exhibitions:
Artists of the Newlyn School 1979, Pt 1 (No 110: The Pedlar);
Artists of the Newlyn School 1985, Pt 2 (16 exhibits, Cat repr in Hardie 2009);
Looking West, 1987 (No 17: Cornish Landscape) NAG & RCA;
A Century of Art in Cornwall 1889-1989, Truro, CCC Centennial (1989);
Artists from Cornwall, 1992 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol;
Cornwell Artists Index

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