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He was born in East London in 1911 and died in 1971. Like his brother Walter, he attended classes at the Bethnal Green Men’s institute and went on to be amongst the leading talents in the East London Group along with Walter, Elwin Hawthorne, Henry Silk and Brynhild Parker. Harold also worked full-time for a firm of city lawyers in London, Seaton Taylor, and worked his way up from a junior clerk to become a partner producing the bulk of his work whilst keeping up with the demands of full-time employment.
The Group exhibited at the Lefevre Gallery until the mid thirties and then Wally and Harold had a joint show there in 1938. They both had work bought by the Contemporary Art Society and Manchester City Art Gallery and Walter had work bought by Paul Getty, Jnr and Paul Robeson, amongst others. Harold virtually stopped painting during the war and never really took it up again in later life. He died tragically young (in today’s terms) aged 60.
Information provided by Alan Waltham