Art Wednesday

Artist: James Hayllar (1829 - 1920) British artist

Hayller was born in Chichester in 1829. He attended Cary’s Art School in 1842 (his family were not overly happy, not many seem to be!) then went off to the continent to paint. On his return to Britain he exhibited at the Royal Academy in the literary and historical genre. However in 1866 he started a series of hugely popular genre studies of children. The first of these was “Miss Lily's Carriage stops the Way”, in which a child has her cloak adjusted before her first party. This was followed by a series of painting with children as the subject.

His children Edith, Jessica, Mary and Kate were also artists—all trained by their father. His wife, Edith Phoebe Cavell (1827-1899) was aunt to Edith Cavell (1865-1915), a nurse during World War One.
 Miss Lily's carriage stops the way
I love the way the brown dress falls to the ground with all those folds of fabric 
Tea time
Centre of attention
The little girl is the artists daugher
 The Thorn

Edith Hayllar (1860-1948) and her sister Jessica (1858-1940) were the best known of the sisters and they tended to painted their surrounding at their home in Berkshire.  Edith was known for her more sporty paintings, such as the one below "A summer shower" which has put a stop to a tennis match.  After Edith was married in 1900, she ceased to paint. 

Jessica's painting, in contrast, were often quiet scenes of home, such as the one here of her hallway.  Jessica was crippled in an accident in 1900 and from them on only painted flower pieces.
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  1. I enjoyed seeing the artwork.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Your Charlie Cat looks just
    like my Chloe.

  2. wow, amazing detail in those art pieces! almost like photos:)
    I enjoyed this post very much!

  3. I love the first painting especially... though they are all wonderful.

  4. Jo,

    What an excellent set of paintings! I agree the first one is beautiful, but my favorite is "Tea Time." I like how the little girl is serving tea to the older ladies. I just find this to be a sweet painting. :)


    -Lady Rose

  5. Once again, I love the details. I love the dress in the first one, like you pointed out. I wonder how long each of those paintings took to complete??
    What a talented family.

  6. Delightful masterpieces. Yesterday I was walking around a 2nd hand book shop and I saw the picture in your profile and it was then that I realized it is the 'The girl with the pearl earing'. I love to learn!!! I walked out with The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe.

    Awesome post!

  7. I too love the folds of the brown dress at the top. These paintings are all lovely. The hall stairs in the bottom one is particularly detailed and intriguing though without human subjects!

  8. Thank you for a wonderful art history lesson, Jo! Such beautiful paintings.

  9. Love these posts, Jo! Thanks for continuing to share the art and the history. These pictures are so lovely, and the details are amazing.

  10. No problems ladies, this is one day that I often have planned ahead as I enjoy all the hunting about for the right painter and his or her works!!


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