Halliday, Edward Irvine
PRBA, PRP, ARCA (English)
1902 - 1984
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.
Mrs Lindsey Walker*, oil on canvas, signed u/l, dated 1955,
24.5" x 29.5" sight, 32.5" x 38.5".
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 Halliday is known primarily for his portraiture, it would be 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 this was the name of the owner of the portrait. There is some similarity to Mrs. Dwight Eisenhower and I personally believe it was her. It could have been rejected for not being an acceptable likeness..It might be worth researching to discover if the Eisenhowers were in England during 1955.
Thistle Fine Art
Rockport, MA 01966