Harold Charles Francis HARVEY ARCA

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.


Painter in both watercolour and oils, depicting Cornish life and landscapes, later interiors and religious subjects; muralist

works and access

Likenesses of the Artist: (Photographs) Picture Post (15 Oct 1938, p 51 working in his studio)

Works include: The Pedlar (1902); The Boatyard (1921); Waiting for the Tide, Newlyn; Anemones (1926); A May Procession (1935); St Just Tin Miners (1935); Newlyn Harbour (1940); Zena of Newlyn (1933); The longships lighthouse near Land's End (1936); Above Newlyn harbour; St Just Tin Miners (1935); The Gate (1940)

Access to work: Penlee House Museum, Penzance (12); St Hilary Church, near Marazion; RCM, Truro (7)

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery; Exeter University, Devon; Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro;  National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff; Cyfarthfa Castle Museum, Merthyr Tydfil; South Shields Museum and Art Gallery; Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery; Southport: Atkinson Art Gallery; Oldham Art Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery; Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa; Wolverhampton Art Gallery


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

NAG 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

2024: 'The Exceptional Harold Harvey', Penlee House Museum & Art Gallery, Penzance (1 May-28 Sept)




Associate of the Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy 1909-1913

South Wales Art Society 1910

Newlyn Society of Artists c1910 to early 1930s


Cornishman and Cornish Telegraph 12 Jul 1928 (Obituary)

Bednar (3rd edition) Every Corner was a Picture

Cross (1994) Shining Sands

Fox & Greenacre (1985) Painting in Newlyn 1880-1930

Graves Royal Academy Exhibitors 1769-1904;  

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall  (col pl My Kitchen)

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

McConkey, Risdon & Sheppard ( 2001) Harold Harvey: Painter of Cornwall

Messums Exh Cat (Autumn 2010): High Tide (illus)

NAG sales record (repr Hardie 2009)

PCF (2007) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership pp112-3, p191 for RCM

Risdon: 'The Harveys' (pp101-2 incl photo likenesses in Hardie 2009)

Royal Academy Exhibitors 1905-1970

RWE Artists from Cornwall Exh Cat (1992) Bristol

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash

Tovey (2022) Lamorna - An Artistic, Social and Literary History - Volume I - Pre-1920, Wilson Books

Who's Who in Art 1927, 1929, 1934 editions

Wortley (1988) British Impressionism: A Garden of Bright Images;

WCAA file with cuttings & auction sales in progress