Harry Victor Law [1866-1952]
American Impressionist Landscape Painter
Souvenir from Mt. Lowe [Los Angeles, CA], ca.1929
Oil on board
12 x 16 inches
Signed at lower right. Verso monogrammed, signed, dated & titled.
Harry Victor Law was an American-born Impressionist landscape painter in oil and watercolor and a commercial artist. He was born in Peoria, IL in 1866, trained in Chicago at the Chicago Art Institute, and then moved to California around 1900. Law moved often and was known to have lived in Salina, CA in 1905, Oakland, CA between 1908 and 1920, San Francisco, CA from 1922 to 1923 and in Los Angeles, CA. He maintained winter homes in Redlands, San Bernadino, CA, Palm Springs, CA and Revelstoke, BC, Canada. Law married late in life, at age 79, to Ethel C. McDonald a journalist and PR woman from New York. The two established an art colony in Revelstoke, BC, Canada and eventually settled there.
Law had many solo shows during his lifetime including ones held in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and throughout Canada. Of his work the Los Angeles critic, Arthur Milliard, wrote: “Law compresses some of his most poetic color and lighting into a few inches,”
Law was hit by a car in California in 1950 and later passed away in Revelstoke, British Columbia on November 20, 1952.
– Original biography written by David Smernoff, From Here To Antiquity, October 17, 2016.
1958 Santa Rita Hotel, Santa Rita, CA, “Watercolors by the Late Harry Victor Law”, February 6-8.
1940 Delphic Studios, New York, NY
1938 Bradford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1934 Doheny Art Gallery & Library, University of Southern California, CA, “Water colors and oils by Harry Victor Law”, March 21, sponsored by Town and Gown Society.
1924-1929 California Watercolor Society, San Francisco, CA
1924 Berkeley League of Fine Arts, Berkley, CA
1916 Golden Gate Park Museum, San Francisco, CA
1913 Art Gallery, Oakland, CA, “Exhibit of Paintings by Harry Victor Law”, May 6-16.
1913 San Francisco Institute of Art, San Francisco, CA, “Spring Exhibition”, April 3-?.
1911 Courvoisier Galleries, San Francisco, CA, “Watercolors”, December 10-20.
1904 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
– California Water Color Society, secretary for many years
– Society of California Pioneers
– University of Southern California
– Artists in California, 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes
– Tucson Daily Citizen, Tucson, AZ, “Watercolor Show Set At Santa Rita”, Wednesday, February 5, 1958, page 2, not illustrated.
– The San Bernardino County Sun, San Bernardino, CA, “Artist Harry V. Law, Frequent Redlands Visitor, Succumbs [obituary]”, Thursday, December 4, 1952, page 14, not illustrated.
– The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, “California Artist to be Laid to Rest [obituary]”, Wednesday, December 3, 1952, page 44, not illustrated.
– The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, “Harry V. Law, Artist, Dies [obituary]”, Tuesday, December 2, 1952, page 11, not illustrated.
– The San Bernardino County Sun, San Bernardino, CA, “Aged Pedestrian Critically Hurt”, Saturday, January 14, 1950, page 10, not illustrated.
– The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, “Club Plans To Open Art Exhibition”, Tuesday, March 20, 1934, page 28, not illustrated.
– The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, “Landscapes on Display”, Sunday, February 18, 1934, page 13, not illustrated.
– The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA, “Art Exhibit Planned”, Sunday, March 11, 1934, page 57, not illustrated.
– Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA, “[Ad for exhibition]”, Tuesday, May 6, 1913, page 9, not illustrated.
-The San Francisco Call, San Francisco, CA, “News of Arts and Artists” by Porter Garnett, Sunday, April 6, 1913, page 46, not illustrated.
– The San Francisco Call, San Francisco, CA, “100 Paintings are Exhibited by Club”, Sunday, December 10, 1911, page 37, not illustrated.