Low Tide On The Beck by Harrington Mann 1864 – 1937

Low Tide On The Beck by Harrington Mann 1864 - 1937

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Harrington Mann was born in Glasgow, and studied at the Glasgow School of Art, as well as at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and at the Académie Julian in Paris.

He was a member of the Glasgow Boys, a group of radical young painters who came to represent the beginnings of modernism in Scottish painting. United by their disillusionment with academic painting, they painted contemporary rural subjects, and often worked out of doors sketching and painting directly in front of their subject.

Mann’s early paintings from this period are mainly of fishing communities on the Yorkshire coast and he became a periphery member of the Staithes Group of Artists.  The artist’s interest in Staithes extends for over ten years.  His 1886 Royal Academy picture was titled, “Packing  fish, Yorkshire coast”.

In 1893 he married fellow Scottish artist Florence Sabine Pasley (1871-1956) and they had three daughters, who appeared in several of his paintings.

By 1900 Mann had settled in London and he also opened a studio in New York, where his paintings became popular.  In London, he found success in society portraits, especially of children including members of the British royal family. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1900 and in 1911 was one of the founder members of the National Portrait Society. He exhibited widely and his pictures are held in permanent collections internationally.

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