Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Il Maestro del Pelo (RA), 1929

SKU: 9541

Oil on canvas

Signed and dated


Height – 94cm x Width – 78.7cm


The Artist’s family

Edward Halliday was awarded the Rome Scholarship in Decorative Painting in 1925, and spent three years abroad at the British School. An informal study from this time is typically evocative of life at the School, and shows Edward Halliday’s fiancee, Dorothy Hatswell, alongside fellow student Russell Meiggs (holder of the 1925 Pelham Studentship) reading and napping upon their deck chairs, with a view of the Borghese Gardens behind them. 

This portrait dates to the year after Halliday returned to England, and may be based upon an earlier encounter from his time in Italy. He certainly travelled extensively within Italy, as letters to his mother testify that he had visited sits such as Mount Vesuvius and the Island of Capri, amongst other spots. 

Halliday would go on to become one of the most prominent portrait painters of his day, taking commissions from an array of distinguished political figures, and foreign heads of state. This list included Sir Winston Churchill, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Kenneth Kaunda, Forbes Burnham, and King Olaf of Norway.

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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: 4306

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

Design, c.1930


SKU: 4309

Edward Halliday (1902 - 1984)

St John Church Rostrick, recto, 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