About the dealer

About the object

EDWARD STEEL HARPER, RBSA

(1878-1951)

 

A Devon Trout Stream

 

Signed with monogram; bears title on a label on the stretcher

Oil on canvas

 

46 by 91.5 cm., 18 by 36 cm.

(frame size 62 by 108 cm., 24 ½ by 42 ½ in.)

 

Edward Steel Harper was born in Handsworth, Birmingham, the son of the artist Edward Samuel Harper.  He was educated at King Edward VI High School and Birmingham School of Art under E R Taylor.  His landscapes in oil are painted in the ‘wet white’ technique, a method established by the Pre-Raphaelites, which gives the colours a luminous clarity.  He was elected a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 1915.  He taught art at Wolverhampton Grammar School, retiring in 1942.  He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Walker Art Gallery and in Birmingham.  Works by him are in many public collections including those in Birmingham, Dudley and Leamington Spa.

Stock number

1175