Harry Frier was born Henry Frier on 2 May 1849 in Edinburgh, Scotland to the landscape artist Robert Frier and Margaret Palmer. Two of his sisters Jessie Frier (1847-1912) and Jean Frier were landscape artists and his brother Robert Frier (1857-1912) also became an artist. His uncle was James Pettie the historical painter. He received his initial training from his father and in 1867, began studying at the Edinburgh School of Art.
By 1878, he had moved to London and found work as a scenery painter at a Music Hall Theatre. There he met his wife Kezia Catherine Dyer who was from Creech St Michael in Taunton. They were married on 1 March 1881 at Taunton and the couple settled in the town living at Greenbrook Terrace. Frier set up a studio in East Reach and during the 38 years he lived and worked there, painted many views of Taunton and the surrounding area of Somerset. His prolific body of work is now considered to be an important document of the county’s heritage.
After the death of his wife in 1912, Frier’s personal circumstances deteriorated and he spent his remaining years in and out of the workhouse. He died in Taunton on 19th February 1921.
Examples of his work are held by the Warrington Museum, Somerset County Council, Deane Borough Council and the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society.
|Presentation||The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.|
|Condition||As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.|
|Image Size||15.5 inches x 21.5 inches (39.5cm x 54.5cm)|
|Framed Size||21 inches x 27 inches (53.5cm x 68.5cm)|