Private Collection

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Children’s Hour, late 1940’s

SKU: 9490

Titled on label on reverse,

Oil on board 


Height – 31.7cm x Width – 43.2cm


The Artist’s Studio

Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.146.

Halliday depicts his daughter (the painter Charlotte Halliday, b. 1935) and son watching television two decades before television networks switched to colour in the mid-1960s.

The first real television children’s programmes started in 1946 after the end of WWII when there was a live Sunday afternoon transmission known as Children’s Hour. This rivalled, and gradually replaced, the radio version of Children’s Hour which had first appeared in 1922.

Halliday, himself, had two arts series radio programs, Artists at Work (1932) and Design in Modern Life (1934). In the 1950s, he was also the voice behind the BBC Television Newsreel.

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Edward Irvine Halliday
1902 - 1984

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 awarded 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 is also an artist. He lived in London.


SKU: 8526

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Study for The Story of Marsyas


SKU: 7720

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

An Art Student Sketching


SKU: 7721

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Portrait of a Fellow Art Student, 1923


SKU: 7722

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Homage to Rembrandt, 1920


SKU: 5787

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Portrait of a man, probably Edward Lyon, circa 1925


SKU: 5024

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Study of a sculptural head, circ a 1925


SKU: 4934

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

View across the Venetian Lagoon, 25 sept 1957


SKU: 4933

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Portrait of a man with glasses
SKU: 4309

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

St John Church Rostrick, recto, c.1930


SKU: 4306

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Design, c.1930


SKU: 4303

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Portrait study, 1936


SKU: 4300

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Head of a hunting dog, c.1930


SKU: 4283

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Royal College Art Class, c.1925


SKU: 3597

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Portrait of a woman seated, three quarter view, black evening dress, 1935


SKU: 3598

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Mural design for The Good Intent – The Founding of Chelsea Royal Hospital, 1935


SKU: 3593

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Mural design for The Good Intent – Dr Johnson with the Chelsea China Factory, 1935


SKU: 3594

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Caesar fording Thames


SKU: 3595

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Mural design for The Good Intent with Carlyle, Whistler and Stunners, Cremorne Gardens, 1935


SKU: 3596

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Mural design forThe Good IntentCremorne Gardens, 1935


SKU: 3591

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Full length portrait of a woman standing, three quarter view, black evening dress, circa 1935