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Claude Hayes

British 1852 - 1922
Claude Hayes was a landscape and portrait painter, who was born in Dublin the son of Edwin Hayes. He ran away to sea, serving on The Golden Fleece, one of the transports used in the Abyssinian Expedition of 1867 to 1868.

Hayes spent a year in America, then came back and studied art at Heatherleys School and for three years at the Royal Academy Schools, he also studied in Antwerp under Verlat.

Hayes exhibited from 1876 at the Royal Academy also exhibiting at Suffolk Street, New Watercolour Society, Grosvenor Gallery and the New Gallery as well as at various other venues throughout the provinces.

He first practiced as a portrait painter in oil, but soon abandoned portraiture for landscapes, first in oil and then in watercolour as his fovourite medium.

In 1884 he first exhibited at the Royal Institute for Painters in Watercolour, of which he was elected a member in 1886.

He worked in Hampshire, meeting James Aumonier, and in Surrey with William Charles Estall whose sister he married. He was influenced by Cox and Thomas Collier. Hardie writes:

“Maintaining worthily and without imitation their breezy open air style, had the power of following broken ground into receding distance with able indication of form and colour values. His transparent use of fresh and untroubled colour allowed the sparkle of white paper play its part in the general scheme. He has never quite received the recognition which he deserves”.

Works by this artist…

  • Tilling the Land
    Tilling the Land
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