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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.