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Harry Leith Ross

HARRY LEITH-ROSS (MAURITIUS, 1886–1973)

Son of an English father and a Dutch mother, Harry Leith-Ross was born in the British Colony of Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean thousand miles off the southeast coast of Africa. His first formal art instruction began in England under Stanhope Forbes, followed by studies with Jean-Paul Laurens at the Académie Julian in Paris. Leith-Ross came to the United States to enroll at the National Academy of Design in New York City in 1910, and then to Woodstock, in 1913. It was in Woodstock at the Art Students League, under the tutelage of L. Birge Harrison and John F. Carlson, that Leith-Ross would receive the training that most influenced his career as an artist. There, he formed a lifelong friendship with fellow artist, John Folinsbee. The two artists shared a studio during this time and participated in several joint exhibitions exclusively featuring their work, including an exhibit at the Louis Katz Art Gallery in New York City in 1915. During the First World War, Leith-Ross served in the U.S. infantry, and upon his release, spent a summer painting in England. While there, he participated in a solo exhibition at The Little Gallery in Worthing in 1919. It was said of Leith-Ross by an art critic in a local English newspaper: “An exquisite sense of color, perfect draftsmanship, a thorough grasp of composition and a deep insight into nature, make Harry Leith-Ross not only a brilliant painter but a poet”. Upon returning to the United States, Leith-Ross resided once again in Woodstock where he taught painting. Leith-Ross would often visit his close friend, John Folinsbee, who moved to New Hope in 1916 following his marriage to Ruth Baldwin Folinsbee. Leith-Ross was the best man at his wedding. Some years later, Leith-Ross met Emily, and the couple married in 1925. They remained in Woodstock until purchasing a home in the Jericho Valley on the outskirts of New Hope in 1936, where Leith-Ross remained until the end of his life. He painted a wide array of subjects. His earlier works (1912–30) are very finely painted impressionist landscapes consisting of small, tight brush strokes and a colorful refreshing palette. The early paintings usually depict Woodstock, New Hope and Gloucester. His later works often include figures and his application of paint is lighter. His skillful handling of shadows and light give the later works (1935–60) a striking resemblance to those of Edward Hopper. Many of these paintings depict the landscape surrounding his home in Jericho Valley and the views of New England. Leith-Ross was also a gifted watercolorist. He made occasional trips to Europe and often summered in Rockport and Gloucester, where he held painting classes as well. He exhibited widely and won more than 40 awards. He participated in exhibitions at the National Academy of Design, the Salmagundi Club, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Society of Independent Artists, the Corcoran Gallery Biennials, the Carnegie Institute, the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Watercolor Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Oil on Canvas by Harry Leith-Ross Hunter and Dog
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Toledo, OH
Harry Leith-Ross (1886-1973), is a renowned landscape artist born in Mauritius in 1886 and died in Pennsylvania in 1973. He had a long term association with the Bucks County artists'...
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Early 20th Century Paintings

The Lane, Autumn, Oil on Board, American Impressionist Landscape with Figure
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Doylestown, PA
"The Lane, Autumn" is a landscape painting by American Impressionist and New Hope School painter Harry Leith-Ross. The painting is a 8" x 10" oil on board, signed "Leith Ross" in the...
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Early 20th Century American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Oil, Board

"April in Jericho"
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork by: Harry Leith-Ross (1886 - 1973) The son of an English father and a Dutch mother, Harry Leith-Ross was born in the British Co...
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1940s American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Boat Worker (New England landscape, New Hope Impressionist)
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Hudson, NY
Beautiful New England landscape painting by American artist, Harry Leith-Ross (1886-1973). Watercolor on paper, sheet measures 9 x 13 inches; 16.25 x 20.75 inches framed. Signed lowe...
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1960s American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Paper, Watercolor

Boat Yard (PA Impressionist landscape)
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Hudson, NY
Harry Leith-Ross (1886-1973). Boat Yards, ca.1960's. Watercolor on paper measures 9 x 17 inches; 18 x 26 inches in original matting. Signed lower left. Original gallery label affixe...
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1960s American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Watercolor

Meadow in Spring, Pennsylvania Impressionist Landscape with Cows, Oil on Canvas
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Doylestown, PA
"Meadow in Spring" is a landscape painting by American Impressionist and New Hope School painter Harry Leith-Ross, featuring cows and a vibrant meadow with trees. The painting is a 1...
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Early 20th Century American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Souvenir of Fire Island"
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Landscape painter Harry Leith-Ross was born in Mauritius in 1886, a British possession in the Indian Ocean. He came to America as a seventeen year old. Before beginning, some ten y...
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20th Century Landscape Drawings and Watercolors

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Watercolor

"Concrete Construction"
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork. Signed lower left. Illustrated in "New Hope for American Art" Harry Leith-Ross (1886 - 1973) The son of an English father ...
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20th Century American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Path of the East Wind"
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork by: Harry Leith-Ross (1886 - 1973) The son of an English father and a Dutch mother, Harry Leith-Ross was born in the British Co...
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1940s American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Oil, Board

"The Neshaminy"
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork by: Harry Leith-Ross (1886 - 1973) The son of an English father and a Dutch mother, Harry Leith-Ross was born in the British Co...
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1930s American Impressionist Figurative Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Afternoon Ride"
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Landscape painter Harry Leith-Ross was born in Mauritius in 1886, a British possession in the Indian Ocean. He came to America as a seventeen year old. Before beginning, some ten y...
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1940s American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Board, Oil

Oil on Panel Entitled "Blandford Bay II" by Harry Leith-Ross
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in West Chester, PA
A New England coastal scene which it titled on verso with artist stamp and it is signed on lower right.
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Vintage 1950s Paintings

"Sunny Day, Gloucester"
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Signed lower right. With mirror. Harry Leith-Ross (1886 - 1973) The son of an English father and a Dutch mother, Harry Leith-Ross was born in the British Colony of Mauritius, an ...
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20th Century American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Oil, Board

Lobster Trappers, Nova Scotia
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Hudson, NY
Harry Leith-Ross (1886-1973). Lobster Trappers, Nova Scotia c.1950’s. Watercolor on paper measures 8 x 11.75 inches; 14 x 17.75 inches framed. Signed lower right. Excellent condition...
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1950s American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Paper, Watercolor

A Place in the Sun, American Impressionist, Urban Scene, 1970, Signed and Framed
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Doylestown, PA
"A Place in the Sun" is a late career urban street scene by Pennsylvania Impressionist and New Hope School painter Harry Leith-Ross. The painting is a 17" x 13" oil on board, signed ...
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1970s American Impressionist Figurative Paintings

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Oil, Board

"Gray Day, New England"
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Jim’s of Lambertville is proud to offer this artwork. Signed lower right. Complemented by original Leith-Ross frame. Illustrated in Ft. Lauderdale's "American Impressionism: The Ne...
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20th Century American Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

The Cyclist
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Hudson, NY
Beautiful and dramatic c.1940 drawing by American artist, Harry Leith-Ross (1886-1973). Pencil on paper measures 3 3/8 x4 3/4 inches; 11 x 13.5 inches framed. Signed with artist mon...
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1940s American Impressionist Figurative Drawings and Watercolors

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Paper, Pencil

  • The Cyclist
  • The Cyclist
  • The Cyclist
  • The Cyclist
H 11 in. W 13.5 in. D 1 in.
Pasture in Early Spring
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Farm landscape, cows, signed lower right
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20th Century Landscape Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Fresh Coat, Nova Scotia
By Harry Leith-Ross
Located in Hudson, NY
Harry Leith-Ross (1886-1973). Fresh Coat, Nova Scotia c.1950’s. Watercolor on paper measures 9.75 x 13.5 inches; 15.75 x 19.5 inches framed. Signed lower right. Excellent condition ...
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1950s Abstract Impressionist Landscape Paintings

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Watercolor