Harry Dorr (1872-1950) was born in Kettering, the son of a sign writer. He spent most of his early years in London. He returned to Kettering and was encouraged to draw by Walter Bonner Gash. He toured France and Belgium, painting landscapes and seascapes in oil and watercolour. He was a founder member of the Kettering and District Art Society (alongside Gash) and the Northampton Town and County Art Society. The Alfred East Art Gallery in Kettering has four of his paintings in its permanent collection.
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A Zeeland Mill
An oil on canvas measuring 21” x 29¼”. Signed Harry Dorr. Inscribed on frame verso: ‘A Zeeland Mill, by H. Dorr’. Two inscriptions on tape verso, in hand of Harry Dorr’s son Ray: ‘A Zeeland Mill, 1929, by Harry Dorr (1872-1950)’ and ‘Painting carefully cleaned, frame cleaned and repaired, by R.A. Dorr, July [year under tape]’. Provenance: sometime with Michael Savage, Upper Harlestone, Northampton (label verso).
A windmill in the province of Zeeland, in the south-west of the Netherlands. Possibly the Molen de Hoop, a windmill located on a canal in Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland.