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Harold Speed

(1872-1957), Artist

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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John Elliott Burns, by Harold Speed - NPG 5124

John Elliott Burns

by Harold Speed
sanguine, 1907
NPG 5124

John Edward Redmond, by Harold Speed - NPG 5123

John Edward Redmond

by Harold Speed
sanguine, 1907
NPG 5123

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, by Harold Speed - NPG 5777

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

by Harold Speed
oil on canvas, 1907
NPG 5777


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Mike Hicks

04 March 2020, 11:41

Harold Speed lived at ‘Woodside’, Ringsfield in Beccles, Suffolk and taught at Bungay Grammar School and Sir John Leman High School. Please see an extract from Beccles & Bungay Newspaper:

"1939 Beccles & Bungay 1 Apr FUNERAL of ART MASTER: Mr Harold C Speed, aged 52, who had been Art Master at the Sir John Leman School for the past 19 years and at Bungay Grammar School for the last 5 years."

I have two paintings by Harold Speed and one "Trawlers in Dry Dock" has his address and reference to "Beccles Modern School" on the back.

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