Halliday, Edward Irvine
About the Painting: Very good condition; a few dimples in the
canvas and minor crazing in the lower left
corner. Presented in a museum quality frame.
About the Artist: Painter in oil and watercolour mainly of portraits. Born in Liverpool, Halliday studied at the City School of Art there, in Paris at the Atelier Colarossi and at the Royal College of Art. He was awearded the Prix de Rome and worked at the British School there. Exhibited at RA, RBA, Paris Salon and RP, of which for a time he was president. His work is in the collections of HM The Queen, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, the Athenaeum Club, Wolverhampton Royal Hospital and Bootle Dyeworks. His work was reproduced in The Studio, Illustrated London News and The Times and he was interviewed by Stanley Casson for his book Artists at Work, published in 1933. In 1997, the University of Liverpool held an exhibition which concentrated on Halliday's efforts to popularise art between the wars. Halliday's daughter Charlotte was also an artist. He lived in London. - from Artists in Britain Since 1945 by David Buckman.
While it is true that Halliday is known primarily for his portraiture, it might be a little misleading to suggest that he was a painter "mainly of portriats," for he executed classical genre and landscape paintings, also. It should be noted that Halliday's portraits in public collections are mainly of male subjects.
Note: The artist was a BBC commentator, for many years, and was recognized for his coverage of Royal occasions. A self portait, "Alter Ego," is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. The painting depicts Halliday in his role as a radio commentator.
*A handwritten label was attached to the frame, verso, with the name Mrs. Lindsey Walker. Rather than the name of the sitter it is possible that this was the name of the owner of the portrait.
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