Peter Alexander Hay

Peter Alexander Hay, RI, RSW, RBC (English) 1866 – 1952
Mont St. Michel, watercolor, signed/dated 1921 lower right, inscribed lower left, 12.5″ x 17.75″ sight, 22″ x 27″ frame

Mont St. Michel, watercolor, signed/dated 1921
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Mont St. Michel, watercolor, signed/dated 1921, framed
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Estimate: $850. NFS.

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Excellent condition; double mat and frame. The quality frame has damage on the top left edge, but has been hung and enjoyed for many years.

Born in Edinburgh. Studied art at the R.S.A. Schools, at the Académie Julian in Paris, and in Antwerp. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1892, also at the R.I., Paris Salon, and in Scotland. Elected R.I. 1917. Lived in London and died on 13th March 1952. – from Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950, by Grant M. Waters.

Versatile painter, born in Edinburgh, who studied at Royal Scottish Academy Schools, at Académie Julian in Paris and in Antwerp. He was elected RSW in 1891, RI in 1917. A prolific exhibitor, he also showed at RA, RSA, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and many other galleries. Lived in London. – Source: Artists in Britain Since 1945 by David Buckman.

P. W. Hay was a painter of landscape, portrait, figure and still life. He exhibited widely, including 27 paintings at the Royal Scottish Academy, 33 at the Glasgow Institute, 64 at the Royal Academy, and 136 at the Royal Watercolor Society.

Watercolors by this artist usually sell at auction for a low to mid hundred dollar figure. This example is exceptional and would be expected to sell in the high hundreds in a good British art auction. It was purchased from another gallery in 2007 and subsequently re-framed. The painting was dropped sustaining a “ding” on the top of the frame but not affecting the watercolor. The price before the frame damage was $995.

Also by this artist:

Romance – Oil on canvas, Danum Gallery, Library and Museum
The Springtime of Life, 1938 – Oil on canvas
Buckingham Palace, London – Watercolor
Still life of fruit – Watercolor


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