Harold Speed – Impressionist Garden

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Harold Speed, British, RA, RCA (1872 – 1957)
Impressionist Garden
Oil on canvas
45 x 24 inches

Private collection, United Kingdom

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Painter and writer on art, born in London. Speed was the son of an architect, Edward Speed, and initially studied architecture at the Royal College of Art, but changed to painting, winning a gold medal for life studies in 1890. He went on to study at the Royal Academy Schools, 1891–6, again winning a gold medal. A travelling scholarship took him to Belgium, France, Italy and Spain, 1894–5.

He exhibited at the RA for 40 years from 1893, also at many other venues, including RP, Fine Art Society, Leicester Galleries and RBA. Speed was a consummate draughtsman and portrait painter and wrote The Science and Practice of Drawing, 1913, and The Science and Practice of Oil Painting, 1924, as well as What is the Good of Art?, 1936. He was master of the Art Workers’ Guild, 1916, nine years after he had his first one-man show, at the Leicester Galleries.
The Tate Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, many provincial and Commonwealth galleries hold his work.


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