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Harold Steggles
(1911 — 1971)

Harold Steggles was a British painter. Born in London in 1911, Steggles studied at the Bow and Bromley Evening Institute during the 1920s alongside several contemporaries who together would form the East London Group. Steggles worked as a partner in a firm of solicitors and much like his peers in the Group his artistic pursuits were sought alongside his full-time career.


Steggles first participated in a group exhibition held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1928. Rather than focus on the more traditional pastoral images popular during the 1930s the artist concentrated on the urban views of the East End of London in his work. Through his landscape paintings, composed using rich colours and featuring clearly defined lines, Steggles illustrated his inner-city surroundings with great skill. Alongside his East London Group contemporaries, Steggles enjoyed a long relationship with the Lefevre Gallery in Mayfair throughout the 1930s and in 1938, Steggles exhibited there alongside his brother Walter. In spite of his part-time focus on his artistic endeavours the artist was commissioned by the Shell petroleum company to produce a series of posters featuring his distinctive landscape studies, a highly significant project for an ‘amateur’ artist. The artist died in 1971. His work remains in the collection of the Manchester City Art Gallery.