HARLEY, Primrose

1908 - 1978

Primrose Harley

Primrose Harley was born at 25 Harley Street, Marylebone, London on Primrose Day, 19 April 1908, younger daughter of Dr. Vaughan Harley (28 December 1864–21 May 1923), professor of University College, and his wife Mary 'Ming' née Blagden (1869–22 November 1936), who married at Stone Church, near Aylesbury on 29 December 1905. Primrose studied art at the Chelsea Polytechnic and at the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing under Cedric Morris and at the Académie Julian in Paris. An artist in oil and watercolour, she exhibited at the Royal Academy, New English Art Club, Women's International Art Club with the London Group and elsewhere. She married firstly at the Royal Chapel of the Guards, Wellington Barracks on 21 December 1936 Major John Alfred Codrington (1898–1991), of the Coldstream Guards, son of General Sir Alfred Codrington, but they divorced in 1942 and secondly in 1952 American born landscape gardener Lanning Roper (4 February 1912–22 March 1983). Primrose Roper died at her home at 44 Cadogan Square, Chelsea on 22 April 1978.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 3 Sterling Street, Knightsbridge, Southwest London
1933 940 'To Let' - watercolour
from Park House, Onslow Square, Southwest London
1949 649 Still Life
1950 282 Shelley
1952 84 Morning Glory
         96 Summer Afternoon
1953 251 Autumn
1954 56 Flower Garden, September
         60 Garden
         524 The Pond
1956 202 London Garden
         266 Italian Fruit
1957 73 Madeira Landscape
1960 440 Auratum and Yellow Tiger Lily
1961 417 Irises
1962 332 Lilies
         951 Bocconia - lithograph
1963 154 Catherine
         440 Geraniums
         1100 Fatsia - lithograph
1964 23 Lily
from 44 Cadogan Square, Southwest London
1966 439 Pom-pom
         821 Mushrooms
1968 904 Spring




Works by This Artist