Interior by Enid Hay

Enid Hay was the wife of James Hamilton Hay from Birkenhead and is probably best known as the subject for his Whistler-like painting ‘The lady in the Japanese gown’ in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.


Oil on canvas
61 x 45.7 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,000 ( Total: £3,500)
Acquired in:
Liss Fine Art Ltd

This painting shows an understanding of the Post-Impressionists before their work had been widely seen in Britain. It was almost certainly exhibited in Liverpool at the Sandon Studios Society, which in 1911 hosted the first Roger Fry-inspired Post-Impressionist exhibition in Britain outside London. The Williamson has 30 works by James Hamilton Hay and it will be useful and instructive to show Enid's work against his.


Private collector; Halls Auction House, Shrewsbury, 1994; Ian Kay; Hall’s Auction House; Paul Liss; private collector, Toronto; Paul Liss.

Venue details

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum Slatey Road, BIRKENHEAD Merseyside CH43 4UE 0151 666 3537

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