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Harold Charles Francis Harvey was born to Mary Bellringer Harvey and Francis McFarland Harvey on 20 May 1874 in Penzance. His father was a bank clerk. During his youth he was home schooled.
From 1894 to 1896, he studied art at the Academie Julian in Paris under Norman Garstin. In 1896 he studied at both the Académie Delecluse and the Academie Colarossi.
Prior to 1911 Harvey lived in Penzance. In 1911 Harvey married fellow artist Gertrude Bodinnar. They first met when Gertrude posed for Harvey. She discovered that she had artistic talent and became an artist in her own right in a wide range of visual and textile arts. The married couple lived in Newlyan at Maen Cottage. Friends of the Harveys included Laura Knight, Harold Knight, Annie Walke, Father Bernard Walke of St Hilary Church.
Late in his life he converted to Catholicism. He died in Newlyn on 19 May 1941 and was buried in Penzance at the Heamoor Cemetery. Gertrude lived in their cottage until 1960 when she moved into a St Just nursing home. She died six years later.
From 1909 to 1913 he was an Associate of the Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy and in 1910 he was a member of the South Wales Art Society. From about 1910 and into the early 1930s he was a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists, particularly with artists from the Lamorna valley.
In 1920 Harvey and his best friend Ernest Procter established the Harvey-Procter School in Newlyn, Cornwall.
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