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Lot 10
Harold Harvey (1874-1941) The shop window 46 x 41 cm (18 x 16 in.)

£ 15,000 - 20,000
US$ 20,000 - 27,000
Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
signed and dated '36 (lower right), oil on canvas

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Bought by the present owner's grandmother and thence by descent

    Exhibited:
    Penzance, Penlee House Gallery, Harold Harvey: Painter of Cornwall, 7th July - 6th October 2001, cat.no.99, touring to Newport Art Gallery , 20th October - 1st December 2001,
    Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 8th December 2001 - 26th January 2002

    Literature:
    K.McConkey et al, Harold Harvey: Painter of Cornwall, Bristol and Penzance, 2001, p.161, ill. in col., p.6

    Harvey's The Shop Window shows two young girls contemplating boxes of brightly coloured fruit, vegetables and flowers outside Elsie Boulden's greengrocers in Jack Lane, Newlyn. This depiction of figures in an identifiable local scene is typical of Harvey who recorded local Cornish life throughout his career. Although, in Harvey's earlier work, the influence of fellow Newlyn painter, Stanhope Alexander Forbes, can be clearly seen, particularly in subject matter and technique, later works, such as The Shop Window, are more indebted to Ernest Procter, with whom Harvey had jointly run a painting school in Newlyn in the early 1920s, and Ernest's wife, Dod Procter.

    Harvey's bold use of colour and strong feel for design are demonstrated in the present painting: the eye-catching brightness of the yellow ovals of fruit displayed is reflected in the left-hand girl's crocheted hat. Similarly the colour of the other girl's red dress is empahasised by its repetition in the bouquets of flowers and box of tomatoes. A reviewer of Frost and Reed's 1939 exhibition of Harvey's paintings wrote, 'They deal entirely with Cornish Life...as viewed by a man with a keen eye for colour and a fondness for what is bright and harmonious. He seems to take his subjects as they come, without elaborate pre-arrangement, relying entirely for their effect upon the way he handles them...Every one of his pictures contains figures...All bear evidence of the directness of his methods, and this directness is balanced with simplicity. His colours are strong, at times almost daring and the manner in which they are applied gives evidence of his distinct individuality.'

    K. McConkey et al, Harold Harvey: Painter of Cornwall, Bristol and Penzance, 2001, p.124
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