Harrington Mann in later life
|Born||7 October 1864
|Died||28 February 1937
Mann began his studies at the Glasgow School of Art. He then studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London under professor Alphonse Legros. He then studied in Paris under the guidance of the figure painters Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre at the Academie Julian for a short time.
He had a strong sense of colour and design for decorating interior walls and for stained glass. In the 1890s he designed for the Scottish firm of J. and W. Guthrie (which became Guthrie and Wells). In 1893 he designed the stained glass for the west window of St Bartholomew's Church, Barbon, in what is now Cumbria.
In 1900, he moved south to London, also opening a studio in New York, where his paintings became popular. In London, he found success in society portraits, especially of children and including members of the British royal family.
Mann was one of the founder members of the National Portrait Society in 1911.
Mann married the interior decorator Florence Sabine-Pasley (known as Dolly Mann).
Mann painted a large number of society portraits, including the following.
- Decorative paintings
- The Study for Mardi Gras, 1910
In 1888, Mann painted the interior of the hall of the Ewing Gilmour Institute for Girls, Smollet Street (and Gilmour Street), Alexandria, near Glasgow, designed by John Archibald Campbell. (The building has been known as a Masonic Hall since 1915.)
Mann's works are today exhibited in the Tate Gallery and in the Glasgow Museums.
- Royal Academy from 1885 onwards
- International Society from 1898 onwards
- Leicester Galleries, 1908 (solo)
The Century Magazine of 1908 praised Mann and his painting A Fairy-Tale. Mann, the magazine reported, had "always showed singular versatility, having devoted himself by turns to decorative cartoons for stained glass, to mural painting, landscape, genre, and portraiture." The magazine went on "While his likenesses usually maintain a high level of attainment, it is in certain less formal portrait groups that Mr. Mann reveals perhaps the most sympathetic and attractive phase of his talent." Of the Fairy-Tale, the magazine opined that he displayed "refreshing charm and [a] touch of juvenile romance".
- "Pigs and Clowns?". The eclectic subjects of Harrington Mann. Mctear's. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- "Harrington Mann 1864-1937". Tate Gallery. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- "The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler". Harrington Mann, 1864-1937. University of Glasgow. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
- "Who's Who in Glasgow in 1909". John Mann. Glasgow Digital Library. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- "The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler". Mary Newton Mann, 1834-1917. University of Glasgow. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- "Sitters A to Z". Cathleen Sabine Follett (née Mann) (1896-1959). National Portrait Gallery. 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- Art Renewal Center Museum: Harrington Mann
- The Maas Gallery: Harrington Mann
- McTears: Harrington Mann
- Video by Christina Hirukawa of Mctears on YouTube
- Bourne Fine Art: Harrington Mann
- "Canmore (database)". Alexandria, 35 Smollet Street, Ewing Gilmour Institute for Girls. RCAHMS. April 2007. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- Mitchelson, Alison (30 August 2012). "The Glasgow Boy from Belfast: Sir John Lavery". Sir John Lavery (portrait by Harrington Mann). BBC. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- Brinton, Christian (March 1908). "Two Notable Pictures: Harrington Mann's 'A Fairy-Tale'". The Century Magazine LXXV (5): 800–801.
- Chamot, Mary; Farr, Dennis; Butlin, Martin. The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II.
- Wood, Christopher, The Dictionary of Victorian Artists 2nd edition, Woodbridge, 1978.
- BBC: Paintings: Harrington Mann (28 paintings)
- Art Renewal Center Museum: Harrington Mann (paintings by Mann, and 2 photographs of the artist)
- Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries: Catalogue of New Portraits by Harrington Mann, 1912 (lists 10 portraits inc. Lady Diana Manners)
- Duchess of Rutland and Harrington Mann