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August 29, 2018 – (Key West, FL).  Spotlight on marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey’s artworks at Custom House Museum

Visitors to Key West Art & Historical Society’s Custom House Museum can walk up the museum’s grand staircase and enjoy 59 exquisitely detailed pen-and-ink illustrations created by marine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey in the exhibit “Depicting Hemingway: Guy Harvey Sketches ‘The Old Man and the Sea.’

Based on the tale of Santiago the fisherman and his battle with the marlin in Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novella “The Old Man and the Sea,” a book his mother introduced to him when he was 11, Harvey worked on the project over the course of a year while a teenage boarding school student in England and says that the range of media he uses today was all developed from the illustrative pen and ink style. “I have since made forays into watercolor, oil paint, acrylic, and underwater photography,” he said.

While the original pen-and-ink illustrations are owned by and loaned to The Society by patrons Dave and Cheryl Copham, the Custom House Museum store offers museum-quality matted reproduction prints as well as signed and numbered colorized limited-edition prints of Harvey’s ‘Santiago’s Finest Hour’ sketches collection.

“Depicting Hemingway: Guy Harvey Sketches ‘The Old Man and the Sea’”is sponsored in part by Dave and Cheryl Copham. For more information, contact 305.295.6616. Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island.  


Pictured during a 2017 Key West visit, famed maritime artist, scientist, conservationist and explorer Guy Harvey stands among the evocative pen-and-ink illustrations depicting scenes from Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” that line the grand staircase at the Custom House Museum.