Harry Foster Newey was born in Birmingham in 1858, the son of Christopher Isaac Newey an architect and Frances Newey. The family lived in Heath Road, Harborne. He studied at the Birmingham School of Art and started his career as an artist designer and silver modeller before becoming an artist.
He married Kate Elizabeth Meeke on 25th June 1884 and the family lived in Hampton In Arden, later settling in Sutton Coldfield. His son Erle Foster Newey (1888-1955) became an artist and his daughter Mabel Rose Newey was a metalwork designer.
He exhibited at the Birmingham Society of Artists and became a private painter to Queen Victoria in watercolour. Newey was also the Art Master and later Head Master of the Tunstall School of Art in Stoke on Trent from 1899-1909 and the family lived there with him for the duration of his tenure before moving back to Sutton Coldfield. In addition to painting, he also worked as an illuminating artist and partnered with the artist Edward Norton, running a business with him from New Street.
In 1927, he was elected a member of the Royal Society of Birmingham Artists. He published a book entitled ‘Elementary Drawing’. Newey spent his final years living at Craigmore, Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield. He died in Sutton Cold field on 6th October, 1933.
Examples of his work are held by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and the Potteries museum, Stoke on Trent.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||23.5 inches x 41.5 inches (59.5cm x 105.5cm)|
|Framed Size||29 inches x 47 inches (74cm x 119.5cm)|