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St Just Tin Miners

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. The two men in the foreground of this picture are Nicholas Grenfell and Sydney Angove who posed for the painting in front of a backdrop of a scene from a Malayan tin mine. They both worked at Botallack and Geevor mines. In the late 1920s cheaper tin from Malaya undercut the price of Cornish tin and many miners emigrated in search of work.

Royal Cornwall Museum





oil on canvas


H 76 x W 63.7 cm

Accession number

TRURI : 1991.94

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund and the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 1991

Work type


Royal Cornwall Museum

River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ England

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