Modern British Art by Edward Irvine Halliday: Above Seath Waite, May 1932 |


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Edward Irvine Halliday:
Above Seath Waite, May 1932

Framed (ref: 7039)
Signed and dated May 1932
Inscribed on reverse "to William Knight Jr, May 1933"
Tempera on board
20 x 24 in. (51 x 61 cm)

Tags: landscape leisure Modern British Art at Mercers' Hall Sixty New Acquisitions

Provenance: William Knight 1933-1965, thence by descent

In its original frame.
William Knight (1900-1965)

William Knight was a cabinet maker and possibly designed this frame himself.

Edward Halliday was an intrepid traveller,  and is known to have visited Delhi, Constantinople, Tozeur, and Orvieto - in addition to spending three years in Italy – having won a scholarship to the British School at Rome in 1925.

After penning a letter to his Mother on February 26th, 1927, expressing the joy of wandering around the peaks of Vesuvius and Mount Solaro, this work appears to show a similar reverie, albeit in a more native setting.  It shows a pair of figures in Seathwaite, a small hamlet in the Lake District. The gentleman on the left, having temporarily abandoned his bike, directs the gaze of his partner to a sight in the distance of the undulating vista. Lyrical and lurching, it is a beautiful representation of such a unique area of the British countryside. 

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