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W.R. Hay - 1921 Watercolour, Portrait

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W.R. Hay - Original 1921 Watercolour. On paper laid down on board. There is a small surface abrasion at the lower left.


Size: 24.4 x 17.5cm (9.6" x 6.9")

Collection Information

William Robert Hay was born in 1886 in Glasgow, but spent most of his working life in London where he had a studio at number 12 Lawrence Street, Chelsea. While his reputation rests primarily with his dexterity as an engraver, the discovery in the 1990s of a significant body of work revealing his skills as a draughtsman and painter showed Hay to have been one of the more interesting personalities at work in Chelsea in the wake of James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Walter Greaves. A frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy, Hay studied at Westminster School of Art, carrying off the King’s Prize for Perspective, and was later involved with both the Chelsea and Camberwell Schools of Art.

Between 1911 and 1923 Hay exhibited at the Royal Academy, the London Salon, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and other provincial galleries. His most prominent exhibit would seem to have been The Demolition of Meux’ Brewery in 1923 at the Royal Academy.

Hay did many portraits of Chelsea inhabitants both during and just after the First World War, painting with sympathy and a sharpness of observation.

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Code mf215
Artist W.R. Hay
Date 1921
Dimensions 24.4 x 17.5cm
Medium Watercolour
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