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James Hamilton Hay

  1874 - 1916
 
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The Black Arch, Runcorn Bridge / Widnes. The Dark Arch

The Black Arch, Runcorn Bridge / Widnes. The Dark Arch   1913

Original drypoint.

Outstanding impression of this scarce unpublished work, with rich drypoint burr.
This striking drypoint view which anticipates the work of C.R.W. Nevinson shows one of the great arches of Runcorn Bridge and the industiral town of Widnes on the Northern bank of the Mersey.
Provenance: One of only three impressions found in the artistís estate.

£480



Runcorn Suspension Bridge sold

Runcorn Suspension Bridge   1913

Original drypoint.

Brilliant impression of this scarce unpublished work, with rich drypoint burr.
James Hamilton Hayís masterpiece.
Provenance: The sole impression from the artistís estate via his sister Maria Hay.

SOLD



The New Lion, British Museum sold

The New Lion, British Museum   1913

Original drypoint.

Outstanding impression of this scarce unpublished work, with rich drypoint burr.
One of James Hamilton Hayís finest works.
Provenance: The sole impression from the artistís estate via his sister Maria Hay.

SOLD



The Encased Statue sold

The Encased Statue   1913

Original drypoint.

Very fine signed proof impression of this rare unpublished plate.

Provenance: The sole impression from the artistís estate via his sister Maria Hay.

SOLD



Salt Mill, Southwold sold

Salt Mill, Southwold   1913

Original drypoint.

Superb impression of this scarce unpublished work, with rich drypoint burr. This plate was unknown to Campbell Dodgson.
Provenance: The artistís estate via his sister Maria Hay Ė the sole known impression.

SOLD



Corfe Castle (large plate) sold

Corfe Castle (large plate)   1914

Original drypoint.

Excellent impression of this scarce unpublished work, with rich drypoint burr.
The artistís finest view of Corfe.
Provenance: The artistís estate via his sister Maria Hay Ė the sole known impression.

SOLD

 

James Hamilton Hay was born in Liverpool. The son of an architect, he worked in his fatherís office for three years, before attending Liverpool School of Art and in the later 1890ís he studied painting under Talmage and Julius Olsson at St.Ives. A natural master of composition and perspective, James Hamilton Hay had a passion for Japanese colour prints and this influence is reflected in the decorative nature of many of his works.

Aside from three experimental etched plates made between 1898 and 1900, James Hamilton Hay did not make any original prints until 1913. Inspired by the example of Francis Dodd (to whom he sat for a drypoint portrait in 1912), he took up drypoint engraving. James Hamilton Hay's style was much influenced by his friend and housemate, Henry Rushbury, and by Doddís own. Over the following three years, J.Hamilton Hay made 53 original drypoints. Sadly, his delicate constitution gave way to serious illness and he died after a series of operations in 1916.

None of James Hamilton Hayís plates was ever published in a formal edition and all are now scarce. [more]