Distinguished Gentleman

Edwin Harris (1855 - 1906)

Oil on Panel
Size (inches): 8 (h) x 6 (w) inches
Size (cm): 20.3 (h) x 15.2 (w) cm

The artist was born in Birmingham.  He entered the School of Art at the age of fourteen, where he studied with Walter Langley and William Breakespeare, the latter who was to become a lifelong friend. After  completing a further two years teaching at the School, he joined Verlat's Academy in Antwerp, where he met Frank Bramley and William Wainwright. Harris first visited Newlyn in 1881, returned again in 1882, but it was not until 1883 when he finally settled in the village, remaining there for a further twelve years. He and his wife (the niece of an influential art dealer), were soon to become key figures in the colony. In 1887, his wife died of tuberculosis, after a long period of illness which upset all who knew her. Harris eventually left Newlyn  in 1895. Having remarried, he spent some years in South Wales before returning to settle in Birmingham, where he died in 1906. Most of the artist’s works from Newlyn, depict cottage interiors with a single light source (usually a window). His figures are acutely observed, but imbued with charm.


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