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1920s Henry J Haley watercolour of a flapper girl


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1920s Henry J Haley watercolour of a flapper girl

A framed original painting in watercolour and gouache by HENRY J HALEY (1874-1964), measuring 17.6 x 11.4 inches visible paper size and about 26 x 19 inches in its new hand made frame with premium anti-reflective 'invisible' glass with UV protection.

The work is likely to date to circa 1924 and is unsigned. It came to us together with another Haley watercolour which was signed. The finish on this work is so good that we think this must have been used as a cover illustration in Pearson's Magazine or similar periodical. It is in fine condition and the colours are exquisite.The provenance is Rosebery's, auctioneers of West Norwood, lot 678 on 13th September 2011, when sold as 'Portrait of a woman in a a feather headdress and pearls', watercolour and gouache. It was illustrated in the catalogue and sold unframed for £260 plus the Buyer's Premium .

Biography: Henry James Haley (1874-1964) was a well-known painter in oil, watercolour and gouache of portraits, figure subjects and interiors, and also an illustrator and engraver. He was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and grew up in Edward Street in that town. He studied art at the Royal Academy Schools from February 1896 until January 1901 and also in Paris. In 1897 he was living in Dorton Street, Southwark, by 1904 in Angell Road, Brixton and by 1914 in Dennington Park Road, Hampstead, following which he had a studio in Glenilla Road also in Hampstead. Haley exhibited at the Royal Academy 1901-27 and also at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Although he was a respected painter in oils of portraits in the early 20th century, by the 1920s he achieved great success as a painter in watercolour and gouache of glamorous young women not just for exhibition but also for reproduction in fashionable magazines of
the period such as Pearson’s Magazine which was published in London until 1939. He is confused on occasions with the artist and art teacher (William Thomas) Herbert Haley (1863-1951) who was born in Yorkshire but worked as an art teacher in Tottenham and Enfield following his marriage in 1899. Henry James Haley was living in Winchester at the time of his death in May 1964. (© please note, this biography is my copyright)


  • H: 45cm (17.6in)
  • W: 29cm (11.4in)


Circa 1924-28

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