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James Hamilton Hay LG (1874-1916)

James Hamiton Hay, LG (1874-1916)

The painter and printmaker, James Hamilton Hay, applied his sophisticated tonal approach to a range of subjects that included landscapes, seascapes, townscapes and portraits. While absorbing the influences of James McNeill Whistler, Japanese printmakers and various teachers and friends, he made an original contribution to art – and cultural life – at the turn of the century, in the Liverpool area and more widely.

James Hamilton Hay was born at 98 Bridge Street, Birkenhead, on 6 December 1874, the second of four children of Scots-born James Murdoch Hay, and his wife, Annie Wilhelmina Hamilton Lothian Hogg. James Murdoch Hay was an architect, working in partnership with his elder brother, William, as W & J Hay, and specialising in churches. Early in their marriage, James and Annie lived with William and his wife, Mary Ann, at Bridge Street, moving to 8 Carlton Terrace, Great Meolse, Wirral, Cheshire, as their family grew.

For a short time, James Hamilton Hay worked in the family firm, with his father and uncle, but soon enrolled at Birkenhead School of Art. In the late 1890s, he travelled to St Ives, in Cornwall, to take lessons from Algernon Talmage and Julius Olsson, and would consider the latter the best of his teachers.

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Coastal & Shore (1)
Farming & Agricultural (1)
Moonlight / Nocturne (3)
Ports & Harbours (1)
Rivers (3)
Villages (1)

Seasons & Weather
Season: Winter (1)
Snow & Ice (1)
Storms (1)

Bridges & Viaducts (1)
Churches & Cathedrals (1)

British Counties & Regions
Cheshire (2)
Lancashire (1)

Boats & Ships (1)

Britain (2)

Hobbies & Pastimes
Fishing (1)

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