Harry Neyland


The painter, sculptor, and illustrator Harry A. Neyland (1877-1958) was born in Erie, PA.  He studied at the Zanerian Art College in Columbus, Ohio, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and the Art Students’ League in New York City.  He also spent time studying in England, and at the Académie Julian and the Académie Colarossi in Paris. 

After completing his studies, Neyland became the first art director of the New York Military Academy in Cornwall-on-Hudson.  He taught at the Hamilton Art School in Ontario, Canada until 1908 and then returned to Europe for further study.  In 1911, Neyland settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he served as director of the Swain Free School of Design until 1930. 

A member of the Providence Art Club in Rhode Island, Neyland exhibited with a number of art organizations in Canada and New England, especially the New Bedford Art Club. Neyland enjoyed painting outdoors and was fascinated by old sailing vessels.  He became an authority on the whaling industry.  His best known illustrations were for George F. Tilton’s Cap’n George Fred, an autobiography by one of New Beford’s last whaling ship captains.  The artist commuted to his studio on Cuttyhunk Island but had to abandon it after the devastating hurricane of 1938.