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A Countryman

Oil on canvas,

10 x 12 in.



A Countryman by


Oil on canvas,

12 x 11 in.



Chickens by

Farmer and his Wife

Oil on canvas,

10 x 12 in.



Farmer and his Wife by

The Binder

Oil on canvas, signed

14½ x 16 in.



The Binder by

The First Furrow

Oil on canvas, signed

17½ x  21½in. (25 x 29 in. framed)

Exhibited: Royal Society of British Artists 1921

Provenance: The Fulda collection, catalogue no 39


The First Furrow by

Harry Fidler was a British painter known for including farm animals and especially horses in his impressionistic paintings, typically using heavy impasto. He married Laura Clunas (d. 1936), who was an artist with a similar style.


Fidler was born to a farming career in Wiltshire in 1856, in Teffont Magna. He did not train as an artist until his early thirties. He was the ninth of ten children with a number of artistically gifted siblings. Fidler attended Herkomer's School at Bushey which was a Hertfordshire school later well known for animal painting. Herkomer boasted of the wide variety of styles of his students who were encouraged to paint from life and ignore intellectual art theories. His students included William Nicholson and Lucy Kemp-Welch.

On a second visit to Bushey in 1898, Fidler met and married Laura Clunas. (according to another source they did not marry until 1918). Fidler had a studio in an old Methodist Chapel in Teffont Magna and their first home was in Salisbury. He and his wife visited the Art Society in St Ives, Fidler painted there and they may have been members. He joined the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Society of British Artists. He successfully exhibited several large canvases at the Royal Academy.

Fidler died at Stoke near Andover in 1935. .Laura Fidler died in 1936 and her work has on occasion been wrongly attributed to her husband.


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