Harry Leith-Ross

American, 1886 - 1973
1886: Born in the British Colony of Mauritius, off the southeastern coast of Africa. Harry Leith-Ross received his early education in England; 1903: Accepted an invitation to work in his uncle’s coal business in New Mexico. Moved to Denver shortly thereafter to pursue a career in advertising and commercial art; 1909: Traveled to Paris to study at the Academie Delecluse and at the Academie Julian with Jean-Paul Laurens; 1910: Returned to United States and enrolled at National Academy of Design in New York City, where he studied with Cy Turner; 1913: Attended the summer school of the Art Students League, where he studied with Birge Harrison and John Carlson and also met the New Hope impressionist painter John Folinsbee; 1914: Visited New Hope area of Pennsylvania for the first time; 1910s: Exhibited first landscapes at the National Academy of Design (NAD) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA); 1917-18: Served as a second lieutenant in First World War; 1920s: Exhibited regularly at the Art Institute of Chicago, NAD, and PAFA; 1935: Settled in Solebury, Pennsylvania, and became an integral member of the New Hope arts community; 1973: Died.
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