Harold Speed

British, 1872 - 1957

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Painter in oil and watercolour of portraits, figure and historical subjects. Born on 11th February 1872 in London, son of Edward Speed, an architect. Studied architecture at the Royal College of Art, but soon took up painting, and continued his studies at the R.A. Schools between 1891-96. Won a gold medal and travelling scholarship in 1893, and visited Paris, Rome, Vienna, Spain and Belgium. Exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1893. Elected R.P. 1896. First one-man show held in 1907 at the Leicester Galleries. Represented in many public collections at home and abroad. Lived at Watlington, Oxfordshire, and in London, where he died on 20th March 1957.

Biographical source: Grant M. Waters, 'Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950'.

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Oil Painting Techniques and Materials, Harold Speed
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The Practice and Science of Drawing, Harold Speed
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