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Harold Speed (1872-1957)

Artist of 9 portraits
A portrait and landscape painter, and writer on art. Initially studying architecture at the Royal College of Art in 1887, he turned to painting, and won a gold medal for life school studies in 1890. He continued his training at the Royal Academy Schools from 1891 to 1896, where in 1893 he was awarded a gold medal and a travelling scholarship that took him to Belgium, France, Italy and Spain. He exhibited his work at the Royal Academy for fifty years from 1893, and became a Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 1895. He was the author of a number of books on art including The Science and Practice of Drawing (1913), The Science and Practice of Oil Painting (1924) and What is the Good of Art? (1936).

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5140

Charles Francis Annesley Voysey

by Harold Speed
oil on canvas, 1905
On display in Room 42 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5140

5124

John Elliott Burns

by Harold Speed
sanguine, 1907
NPG 5124

5120

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

by Harold Speed
sanguine, 1907
NPG 5120

5123

John Edward Redmond

by Harold Speed
sanguine, 1907
NPG 5123

5777

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

by Harold Speed
oil on canvas, 1907
NPG 5777