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American & European Paintings - September 2008
 
 
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Harry A. Neyland
(American, 1877–1958)
Slack Tide, Polperro, Cornwall, England, Summer, 1904
Oil on canvas, 20 × 18 inches
Signed at upper right corner: “HA Neyland 04”
RS 6174


The painter, sculptor, and illustrator Harry A. Neyland was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Zanerian Art College in Columbus, Ohio; Pratt Institute in Brooklyn; and the Art Students’ League in New York City. He also studied with Henry Bayley Snell (1858–1943) in England, and at the Académie Julian and Académie Colarossi in Paris. After completing his studies, Neyland became the first art director of the New York Military Academy in Cornwall-on-Hudson. He taught at the Hamilton Art School in Ontario, Canada, until 1908 and returned to Europe for further study. Neyland settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1911, where he served as director of the Swain Free School of Design until 1930. A member of the Providence Art Club in Rhode Island, Neyland exhibited with a number of art organizations in Canada and New England, especially the New Bedford Art Club.

Neyland was fascinated by old sailing vessels and became an authority on the whaling industry. His best known illustrations were for George F. Tilton’s Cap’n George Fred (Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1929), an autobiography by one of New Bedford’s last whaling ship captains. This early work by the artist represents Polperro, a village and picturesque fishing port on the southeast coast of Cornwall in southwest England. Situated on the River Pol, it is four miles west of the popular resort Looe and twenty-five miles west of the major city and port of Plymouth.


  


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