Halliday, Edward

(1902 – 1984)

Portrait study, 1936


Signed, inscribed Chrismas 1936

Pencil, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (24 x 19 cm.)

1 in stock


The Artists’ Daughter

Edward Irvine Halliday  attended Liverpool College of Art and then continued at Académie Colarossi (1922‚Äì1923), the Royal College of Art (1923‚Äì1925), and the British School at Rome (1925‚Äì1928). 

He established himself as a portrait artist with his work, Lord Darling (1928).

During World War II, Halliday served in the Royal Air Force in Bomber Command. After the war in 1948, he received a painting commission for a portrait of Princess Elizabeth from the Drapers’ Company of London This was the start of many more royal portrait commissions. Other sitters for Halliday’s portraits included Winston Churchill, Edmund Hillary, Lord Denning, Lord Widgery, Louis Gluckstein, Robert Stopford, Lord Hunt, Frank Whittle, Malcolm Sargent, Leon Goossens, Beryl Grey, Gladys Cooper, Wally Hammond, Brian Johnston, and Ben Travers.

Halliday had two arts series radio programs, Artists at Work (1932) and Design in Modern Life (1934).  After the success of these radio programs, it led to further radio and television work.In the 1950s, Halliday was the voice behind the BBC Television Newsreel.

Liss Llewellyn are continually seeking to improve the quality of the information on their website. We actively undertake to post new and more accurate information on our stable of artists. We openly acknowledge the use of information from other sites including Wikipedia, artbiogs.co.uk and Tate.org and other public domains. We are grateful for the use of this information and we openly invite any comments on how to improve the accuracy of what we have posted.


Halliday, Edward

1902 – 1984

Painter in oil and watercolour mainly of portraits. Born in Liverpool, Halliday studied at the City School of Art there, in Paris at the Atelier Colarossi and at the Royal College of Art. He was awarded the Prix de Rome and worked at the British School there. Exhibited at RA, RBA, Paris Salon and RP, of which for a time he was president. His work is in the collections of HM The Queen, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, the Athenaeum Club, Wolverhampton Royal Hospital and Bootle Dyeworks. His work was reproduced in The Studio, Illustrated London News and The Times and he was interviewed by Stanley Casson for his book Artists at Work, published in 1933. In 1997, the University of Liverpool held an exhibition which concentrated on Halliday’s efforts to popularise art between the wars. Halliday’s daughter Charlotte is also an artist. He lived in London.


Charlotte, 1948
Profile portrait of R.P. Longden, (Bobby Longdon) half-length, c.1927
Portrait of a woman seated, three quarter view, black evening dress, 1935
Full length portrait of a woman standing, three quarter view, black evening dress, circa 1935