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Edward Irvine Halliday (1902-1984):
Portrait of a man, probably Edward Lyon, circa 1925
Unmounted (ref: 5787)
10 1/4 x 10 in. (26 x 26 cm.)
Provenance: Private collection
Lyon was Halliday’s friend and fellow Rome Scholar in Painting. His portrait appears in Halliday's painting Hypnos (1928).
Lyon was born in Liverpool, he studied art at the Royal College of Art and the British School at Rome, 1924. He became lecturer in fine art and master of painting at King's College, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1932. For eight years from 1934 Lyon was tutor to the Ashington Group of spare-time Northumberland miner artists, one of the most remarkable of such groups to emerge in the inter-war years. From 1942-6o Lyon was principal of Edinburgh College of Art. He exhibited RA, RBA, RP and in the provinces. Also painted murals for Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, and King's College Hospital dental department. Lived at Rushlake Green, Sussex.
We are grateful to Lucy Lunt for assistance.