Full name: Harold Speed
Born: February 11, 1872 in London, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: March 20, 1957 in London, Greater London, Great Britain
Country: Great Britain
Sport: Art Competitions
Harold Speed was a British portrait and landscape painter, who also wrote on art. Initially studying architecture at the Royal College of Art in 1887, Speed turned to painting, and won a gold medal for life school studies in 1890. He continued his training at the Royal Academy Schools from 1891-96, where in 1893 he was awarded a gold medal and a travelling scholarship that took him to Belgium, France, Italy and Spain.
Speed exhibited his work at the Royal Academy for 50 years beginning in 1893, and became a Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1895. He was the author of a number of books on art including The Science and Practice of Drawing (1913), The Science and Practice of Oil Painting (1924) and What is the Good of Art? (1936).
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