Halliday, Edward

(1902 – 1984)

Prime Minister's House, New Delhi, 1954

Oil on canvas

Signed and dated

32 1/4 x 25 in. (82 x 63.5 cm)


The Artist’s family

This painting shows the interior of Teen Murti Bhavan, the residence of the first President of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. The building is now the site of a museum and library, which aims to preserve and reconstruct the history of the Indian independence movement. 

As one of the most prominent portrait painters of his day, Halliday took commissions from an array of distinguished political figures, and foreign heads of state. This list included Sir Winston Churchill, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Kenneth Kaunda, Forbes Burnham, and King Olaf of Norway. More significantly, Halliday also painted the portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru, as well as his sister, and former President of the United Nations General Assembly, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (now in the collection of Somerville College, Oxford). 

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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