Born at Teffont in Wiltshire in 1856, Harry Fidler was a painter of genre and country scenes in oil. He studied art at the Herkomer School in Bushey under the renowned equestrian artist, Lucy Kemp Welch. Fellow pupils included Tom Mostyn, Arnsby Brown and William Nicholson.
Fidler painted in a distinctive style. He worked from life, applying his paint freely and liberally to produce Impressionist paintings with a chalky palette and high level of impasto.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy, London from 1891. He also exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists, the New English Art Club, the Royal Society for Painters in Oil, the Goupil Gallery, London and the Paris Salon.
In 1919 he married fellow artist Laura Clunas and moved to Salisbury, then Bushey, before settling in Andover where he lived until his death in 1935.
Fidler worked from life, applying his paint in a liberal and free manner in a distinctive style.
Oil on canvas
Indistinctly signed with initials and inscribed with "The Fish Hawker/
by Hy Fidler R.I./Exhibited at the Royal/Institute" verso
14 3/4 x 16 1/2 ins (37.5 x 41.5 cms)