20th Century British Art

Henry Arthur Riley (1895-1966)

Henry Arthur Riley was a painter, born in Chelsea, London, Harry Riley as he was commonly known, first studied art at the Hammersmith School of Art and was employed in Fleet Street as a junior artist while continuing to attend evening classes at nearby Bolt Court, 1910-15 studying under Walter Bayes. Following active service in World War I Riley continued his studies at St. Martin's School of Art. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. 

Henry Arthur Riley was a great cartoon illustrator and his work was reproduced on numerous occasions in the Reynolds News, London Opinion, Blighty, Humorist and the Sunday Chronicle, as well as Punch and other influential newspapers and magazines of the 1930’s. He also was commissioned by British Rail for supplying travel posters. Elected RI in 1940 Riley was also a member of the Savage Club and the London Sketch Club.

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Artist Henry Arthur Riley: The Painting Class, circa 1950

Henry Arthur Riley
The Painting Class, circa 1950
Artist Henry Arthur Riley: Riley in his studio, with his daughter Barbara, 1948

Henry Arthur Riley
Riley in his studio
Artist Henry Arthur Riley: Me, 1940-42

Henry Arthur Riley
Me, 1940-42For sale 
Artist Harold Arthur Riley: Beach tents, south coast, circa 1950

Harold Arthur Riley
Beach tents, south coast, circa 1950Sold 
Artist Harold Arthur Riley: The artists daughter Barbara in the studio, 1948

Harold Arthur Riley
The artist's daughter Barbara in the...Sold 
Artist Harold Arthur Riley: Bathing belle

Harold Arthur Riley
Bathing belleSold 
Artist Harold Arthur Riley: Portrait of the artists daughter, mid 1940s

Harold Arthur Riley
Portrait of the artist's daughterSold