Biography of Reginald Llewellyn Harvey

Reginald Llewellyn Harvey Without Frame

HARVEY, Reginald Llewellyn (1888-1973) Born in Southampton, England, he studied art at the University College, Southampton, England, under E. A. Conway; at the Yarmouth School of Art, Norfolk, England; at the Regent Street, Polytechnic, London, England. He came to Canada in 1912 and settled in Calgary, Alberta, where he was Supervisor of Art Calgary Schools, from 1922 to 1931. In 1943 he held an exhibition of 40 water colours in several parts of British Columbia and Alberta when the Vancouver Province noted the following of his work, “Mr. Harvey shows a number of pictures of imposing subjects such as Mount Athabasca, a magnificent panoramic view of winding water at the foot of steep rocky banks leading into a wonderland of lofty peaks, and Mount Rundle, Banff “. 

Harvey was in charge of the art department of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede for over twenty year. Over the years Harvey exhibited his work at the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian National Exhibition (Toronto), Montreal Art Association, Ontario Society of Artists (Toronto); Hart House (Toronto); Manoir Richelieu, Murray Bay, P.Q.; Manitoba Society of Artists; and was co-founder of the Albert Society of Artists with A. C. Leighton, a sketching companion on many trips to the mountains and foothills of Alberta. Harvey retired to Victoria, B. C., in 1951 where he continued to paint until his death in December of 1973.

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