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William Robert Hay - Early 20th Century Graphite Drawing, Seated Nude

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With highlights in a light white gouache. Unsigned and dated. On wove.


Condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and some small tears to the edges of the page.


36 x 26cm (14.2" x 10.2")

Collection Information

Part of a series of very fine life drawings by William Robert Hay (1886-1964). The series forms a penetrating and candid, yet tender, study of Hay’s sitters, each sheet focusing closely on one solitary human figure with little or no hint of a contextualising background or narrative, but done in a way that shows the artist’s great sensitivity and empathy towards his subjects. Most are signed.

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Artist Biography

Born in Glasgow, Hay trained as an artist at the Westminster School of Art in London and spent most of his career in the capital, retaining a studio in Chelsea. Although perhaps better known as an engraver, Hay was also a highly-skilled draughtsman and painter and exhibited his work at the Royal Academy between 1911 and 1923. He also had works included in exhibitions outside London in various regional and provincial galleries, most notably at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

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Code pc529
Artist William Robert Hay
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 36 x 26cm
Framed No
Medium Graphite
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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