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Glynn Boyd Harte

Born 1948, Rochdale, Lancashire UK. Died 2003.

Boyd Harte began his art training at Rochdale School of Art before transferring to St Martin’s in London; between 1970 and 1973 he studied graphic art at the Royal College of Art where his tutors included Brian Robb whom he credited as a formative influence.

He was to become one of the most brilliant and influential illustrators of his generation, eschewing the modernist and pop-influenced trends of the day to develop a style characterised by superb draughtsmanship, an impeccable sense of design, brilliant colour and often humour.

Among the many publications which commissioned his work were The Times, whose literary pages he adorned from 1986-90, and The Daily Telegraph in the early 1990s. Books illustrated by Boyd Harte include his own works Venice in 1988, Mr Harte’s Holiday (following the journeys of Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot in Northern France) and Metroland, his lithographs accompanied by verses by Sir John Betjeman.

In 1986 he designed the interior of the restaurant at Dolphin Square in London and soon after founded the Dolphin Studio to produce fabrics and wallpapers. In 1991 he painted murals for the Crabtree and Evelyn store at the Rockefeller Centre in New York. Two major projects in the last years before his death in 2003 were a series of works to commemorate the architectural commissions marking the Millennium in London and a series of watercolours recording the rebuilding of the Royal Opera House.

Window in North London
French Window