Harold Harvey's Tin Miners painting sells for £40,850

Harold Harvey's Tin Miners
Image caption The painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London

A Cornish artist's painting of two tin miners has sold at auction for nearly £41,000.

Harold Harvey's Tin Miners, painted in 1939, depicts the industrial landscape of the county in the 19th Century.

Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers in London said it sold for £40,850 - far exceeding its estimated sale price of between £20,000 and £30,000.

The artist, who was born in Penzance in 1874, trained at Penzance Art School and the Academie Julian in Paris.

He is one of the few local artists to be associated with Cornwall's famous Newlyn school of painting.

Venice exhibition

A second work, Portrait of Stella Mary Burdett, sold for £8,750.

Bonhams' Peter Rees said: "Harvey was a prolific artist but this was a very impressive work, giving an interesting insight into the social history of West Cornwall."

Tin Miners was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1939.

Harvey's paintings often depicted Cornish life and landscapes from his local community such as fishermen, farmers or simply families in their home interiors.

His work drew critical acclaim in the 1920s and he was selected to take part in the international art exhibition, Venice Biennale, in 1924.

One of his best known works, St Just Tin Miners, is part of the collection of the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro.

The sitters for both St Just Tin Miners and Tin Miners are Sidney Angrove and Nicholas Grenfell.

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