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Harry DeMaine (1880 - 1952)

Harry DeMaine was born in Liverpool, England and grew up in Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire. He took his first formal art instruction at the Liverpool City Art School, studying subsequently in London and at the Julian Academy in Paris, where he exhibited at the Salons. During WWI, Harry DeMaine was associated in the early days with the American Field Service, a volunteer ambulance service working with the French, and later joined the British Expeditionary Force, serving with the King’s Royal Rifles.

After the armistice Harry DeMaine came to the United States and became a naturalized citizen. He exhibited widely and held one-man shows in New York and elsewhere, receiving prizes in both watercolor and oil. A Washington Post review once said he, “transferred to America…the lyrical quality of the English landscape.”

DeMaine was closely associated with the New York Watercolor Club and the American Watercolor Society, serving as secretary and as exhibition chairman when these societies merged. Other art organizations that he was affiliated with were the Salmagundi Club, the North Shore Art Association, the Rockport Art Association, the Allied Artists of America, the Audubon Artists, and the National Academy of Design, to which we was elected an Associate member. While he lived in New York, Harry DeMaine received the inspiration for most of his work from long summers spent in the environs of Gloucester, Massachusetts.


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