Friday, August 1, 2014

Edwin Hayes

Boats off Dover
oil on panel
15.3 × 20.7 cm
other detail unknown

Edwin Hayes (1819-1904) is an Irish and English marine artist who painted in oil and watercolours. He was born in Bristol, England but brought up in Dublin, Ireland where his father was a hotelier. After education at the Dublin Society Art School, he became a fellow pupil of a sculptor, and he subsequently served an apprenticeship to a scene painter, in London. From the first, his ambition was to be a marine painter. He spent much time in a 10-ton yacht in the Irish Channel, drawing and sketching.

He was elected a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1870, and was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. His subjects were always maritime. Hayes painted seascapes in Ireland, England, Belgium, Holland, France, Spain and Italy, his work inevitably featuring ships and boats in high seas, harbour scenes or other aspects of the coastline. He painted with the vision of a sailor and possessed a sailor's knowledge and experience.