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Lynda Blundell nee Phillips
Vancouver, Canada
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 03:01
Still life painting by H. Hargreaves, 1927
I inherited this painting which was originally owned by my mother's cousin, Nellie Lund, nee Healey, who used to live on Main Street in Sutton. Does anyone know who H. Hargreaves might be? Was he a local artist? The painting is in a lovely frame so has obviously been treasured.
Robin Longbottom
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 07:12
I suspect that your painting is by Harry Hargreaves, known in the village as Harry Mutton or just Mutton. He lived up West Lane when I was a boy, having bought one of Turner's houses after the War and died about the late 1970's. He was a painter and decorator by trade, but a very keen amateur naturalist and ornithologist. Harry had a large collection of stuffed birds and birds eggs - from the days when it was legal to collect them. I think he was a member of Crosshills Naturalists and a recorder for them at one time. My wife recalls one or two of his paintings, particularly one of Kildwick Bridge.

He was always known as Mutton and when an Italian, who worked at the mill, returned home to Italy he is said to have sent Harry a postcard addressed - Mutton, Sutton, England - which by some miracle of the Post Office he is eventually supposed to have received.

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