Harry was born on Market Street in Denton where his father William had a hatting business. William himself was a gifted amateur artist and with friends formed The Hyde Art Group. While still at school Harry attended this on Saturday mornings, on leaving school he attended evening classes at The Manchester School of Art where he met L. S. Lowry.
On leaving school he learned the trade of a lithographic printer and illuminator , he also soon became a good letterist. Work followed at an interior designers who specialised in theatrical work which gave him the opportunity to sketch the performers. By the age od 22 he was a very talented artist and illustrator.
In 1925 he enrolled in Walter Sickert's Art Class and he became a huge influence on Harry. In 1931 he moved to London where his work appeared in several publications including John Bull. His ability to sketch rapidly led to television appearances in "Cabaret Cartoons" when he drew the artists as they did their acts. On returning to Hyde in the 1950's, Harry taught painting for many years at The Reginal College of Art in Manchester. In 1961 he was elected President of The Manchester Academy. He continued to paint and had a studio adjoining his house on Nelson Street. On his death he left a legacy of excellent paintings many featuring this area.