Artists in the Collection

Fairlie Harman (Viscountess Harberton)

Born 1876, Weymouth, England
Died 1945, London, England

Born in Weymouth, Harmar studied at the Slade School of Art under Henry Tonks and Fred Brown. She exhibited widely in Britain and abroad and was elected a member of the New English Art Club in 1917. Living in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, she was close neighbours with Ethel Walker, Beatrice Bland and Margaret Fisher Prout and this distinguished group of women artists came to be known as the ‘Cheyne Walkers’. Kenneth McConkey raised the question – ‘Was there a collective sensibility in the work of these “Slade Ladies”? In most cases, as landscape and still-life painters, they were recognisably pupils of Brown and Tonks…’. By the early 1930s Harmar and her female colleagues were beginning to dominate the annual exhibitions of the New English Art Club, reviewers noting ‘a ripple of feminine gaiety’ enlivening the shows. Harmar developed a sophisticated impressionist technique, but never lost the subtle tonality which her Slade training had provided. Her principal works include The Bridge and Sarson Farm and her work can be found in public collections throughout Britain.
Fairlie Harmar was the daughter of Colonel Charles D’Oyly Harmar. She married Ernest Arthur George Pomeroy, 7th Viscount Harberton on 1 March 1932. As a result of her marriage, Fairlie Harmar was styled as Viscountess Harberton on 1 March 1932. From 1 March 1932, her married name became Pomeroy. She died on 13 January 1945.