Harold Riley (1934-2023)

20th April 2023 By Sophie Howard
Harold Riley (1934-2023)

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Harold Francis Riley, DL DLITT FRCS DFA ATC.

A key artist of the Northern Art scene, Riley’s paintings often depicted the streets of his hometown of Salford, and he was also famed for his sporting scenes, particularly of his home team Manchester United. Best known for his energetic and expressive style, he was commissioned to paint portraits of British and international Royalty, as well as American Presidents and three Popes.

'Manchester Derby’ sold for £15,600 

Born in Salford in 1934, Riley went on to gain a scholarship to study art at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. After many years studying and travelling around Europe, Harold returned to live and work in Salford in 1960 where he would go on to concentrate on capturing the area and the northern way of life. In 1975, Greater Manchester Council commissioned Riley to work recording the older areas of the county and its people for an exhibition. Riley’s work is now part of collections at the University of Salford, the Salford Museum and Art Gallery and University of Manchester.

'Hippodrome' sold for £14,000 

We have had the great privilege of selling a number of Harold’s paintings and prints over the years, which have delighted as part of our Northern Art sales here at The Cheshire Saleroom.

"Mr Flood the Sweep" sold for £10,400

We send our condolences to Harold’s family, he will be fondly remembered by us all here at Adam Partridge Auctioneers and Valuers.



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