Caroline Fox (Stanhope Forbes and the Newlyn School, London, 1993, pp. 75-76) described Harold Harvey as 'one of the most delightful artists of the new generation. His lifelong commitment to depicting the people and countryside of West Cornwall was an important feature of his work and one that probably arose from his being a native of the area. His best work expresses a true joy in the countryside and a real understanding of the movements and gestures of the men, women and children he so often depicted. Wallace Nicholls, writing in The Studio in 1942, described him as one of the 'truest and sincerest of British painters'.