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Harry Squires

Henry Squires was born in Putney, Surrey, England in 1850. He was a self-taught painter of landscapes. He died in Salt Lake City in 1928.

Squires came to Salt Lake as an infant with his family who were converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His father was a barber and a friend and an advisor to president of The Church, Brigham Young. Although he graduated from the University of Deseret in 1870, Squires was primarily self-taught.

He was a friend of H. L. A. Culmer and Alfred Lambourne, two early Utah painters, but his work was more primitive.  Echo Lake(1886) and Artist's Lake, Big Cottonwood (1886), and Winter Landscape all painted in the Utah mountains are examples of his work.

Biography adapted from Artists of Utah.

Harry Squires had arrived in 1853 in Salt Lake as an infant with his English parents, grew up there to become a self-trained painter of starkly hard but often effectively composed primitive works-even though he was the close friend of somewhat more sophisticated practitioners such as Alfred Lambourne and H.L.A. Culmer. Living out most of the seventy-seven years in Salt Lake City he had established studio space at 120 Canyon road by 1890, Squires traveled with the nephew, artist Lawrence Squires, visiting many galleries and landmarks in the later periods of 1908-10 and 1924-25 in New York City, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

Biography courtesy Artists of Utah.

Books

Davenport, Ray. Davenport's Art Reference. Ventura, CA: Davenport's Art Reference, 2001.

Dunbier, Roger, ed. North American Artists: The Artists Bluebook. Scottsdale, AZ: AskART.com, 2000.

Falk, Peter Hastings. Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975: 400 Years of Artists in America. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1999.

Falk, Peter Hastings. Who Was Who in American Art: Compiled from the Original Thirty-four volumes of American Art Annual--Who's Who in Art, Biographies of American Artists Active from 1898-1947. Madison, CT: Sound View Press, 1985.

Fielding, Mantle, and Glenn B. Opitz, eds. Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers. Poughkeepsie, NY: Apollo, 1986.

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

Samuels, Peggy and Harold Samuels. The Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1976.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, Donna Poulton, and Janie Rogers. 150 Years Survey of Utah Art, Utah Artists. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2001.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Painting and Sculpture. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1991.

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