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A China Clay Pit, Leswidden

Photo credit: Royal Institution of Cornwall

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Harold Harvey was one of the few native Cornish painters. He originally studied under Norman Garstin, but also visited Paris as a young man. His earlier work was very much influenced by Stanhope Forbes though it changed as he grew older, his brushwork becoming less thick and his forms more simple. Some of his later work shows a period stylisation, but without the Picasso influences of his contemporaries Ernest and Dod Procter. He was friendly with Alec and Kay Walker who founded Cryséde Silk in Newlyn. This picture shows the harsh, labour-intensive working conditions of a china clay pit. This pit is believed to be Leswidden China Clay Works near St Just, a more primitive works than those in the St Austell area. The pit was closed before 1942.

Royal Cornwall Museum

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Title

A China Clay Pit, Leswidden

Date

c.1920–1924

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 50.8 x W 76.2 cm

Accession number

TRURI : 2000.24

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 2000

Work type

Painting

Royal Cornwall Museum

River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ England

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