Cartoon for 'Hypnos'

WAG 9717


This is a cartoon for Halliday's 'Hypnos', 1928. The finished painting was commissioned by the Liverpool businessman Sir Benjamin Johnson (died 1937) who was the head of the dyeing firm Messers Johnson Brothers (later known as Johnson's Dry Cleaners), originally founded by his father. Johnson joined Liverpool City Council when he was 25 and became mayor of Liverpool and later High Sheriff of Lancashire. He was also president of the Athenaeum between 1928-29 and he commissioned three other paintings by Halliday about the same time.