Born at Stocking Pelham Rectory, near Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire Alfred was one of four sons of Revd Charles Hartley, rector of Stocking Pelham and his wife Hannah nee Welsh, who had married at Camberwell in 1848. His studies were taken at Royal College of Art, South Kensington, and at Westminster School of Art under Brown. Moving back to Camberwell with his family and then to Dunmow, Essex, he was a member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club from 1891-1903, and described as a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers.
He married at Hastings, Sussex on 5 May 1896, Leonora LOCKING (1856-1943), also an artist and in 1901 the couple were staying with wealthy 41 year old Annie Gurney at 18 Palace Garden Terrace, Kensington.
Hartley moved to St Ives with his wife, aka Nora, in 1904, living consecutively at two addresses on Bellair Terrace (No 7 being one of these). They joined the St Ives Arts Club in 1906. During his time in St Ives, Hartley was known as a master in etching and coloured aquatint, and went on to develop an international reputation for print work.
In 1907 he exhibited and sold the etching An Essex Stream at NAG. He also founded the New Print Society in St Ives, and in 1911, 1913 and 1924 exhibited at St Ives Show Days. In 1924, both he and his wife showed work from their travels to Bordighera, Italy, Alfred showing charming small pastel studies, Nora painting the streets and the town. He was a master at evocative atmospheric effects, though in his later years he became crippled with arthritis. He died in the East Preston district of Sussex in 1933, aged 78.
In the September RCPS Annual Exhibition of 1846, the artist's wood-carving Peter the Great won First Class prize. The home residence of the exhibitor was given as Penzance.
The daughter of John Mathews Bodinnar, a cooper, and Ann Crews Bodinnar (nee Curnow), Gertrude was the eighth of ten children and was Cornish-born. Her first contact with art was as a model that included posing for her future husband Harold HARVEY, and the experience fascinated her. She made notes of how the painters worked, and she discovered in herself a talent for art and design.
She and Harold later married in about 1911. Gertrude used mostly oil on canvas, board, card or paper, but also tempera, gouache and sketches (sold at NAG), and also enjoyed needlework and clothing design. In the 1920s and 30s she exhibited her work at various galleries in London, including the RA and the Leicester Galleries. Often she showed work together with her husband in mixed and group shows. Her style has been likened to Alethea GARSTIN's.
Prior to her marriage she lived at Pembroke Cottage, Newlyn (1879-81), and by the 1891 Census she was at 49 Trewarveth Street, Newlyn. After her marriage she and her husband moved to Maen Cottage, Elms Close Terrace, Newlyn and she stayed there after his death (in 1941) until 1960 when she moved to the Benoni Nursing Home in St Just.
Born in Penzance on 20 May 1874 (GRO), the son of Francis McFarland Harvey, a bank clerk and Mary (née Bellringer). 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 include 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.
The daughter of the artist John Rabone HARVEY and sister of Herbert Johnson HARVEY, her first visit to St Ives was at some time between 1900 and 1910. In 1905, at the age of fifteen, she began six years of study at Birmingham School of Art. From there she moved on to a silversmiths firm in Birmingham, before joining the London couture house, Mechinka, at the outbreak of WWI. She studied under Henry Tonks at the Slade, first part-time and then on a full-time basis, and in the early 1920s unfortunately caught paratyphoid fever on a trip to Paris that necessitated convalescence at St Leonards-on-Sea and two winters spent abroad.
By 1924 she had married Charles Meeke and was living in Birmingham again, and the birth of a son at about that time seems to have interrupted her career. She was a painter, printmaker and miniaturist on ivory. After divorce in the late 1930s she exhibited a work Holidays, later re-named Holidays in Cornwall, at the RA, giving her address as Verbena Cottage, St Mawes. Hilda moved to St Ives in about 1945, living at 6, Bowling Green Terrace. By 1950, however, she had moved to Yardley in Yorkshire.