Portrait of the engraver

Detail of Liverpool cityscape

Detail of 'Lime Street and St George's Hall' by James Hamilton Hay, 1906

13 Dec 2013 - 19 Jun 2014
Free exhibition, no booking required

Landscape and city etchings by Wirral-born artist James Hamilton Hay are the focus of this exhibition of more than 25 etchings from National Museums Liverpool’s collection.

Born in 1874, in Birkenhead, Hay was one of the most talented artists to emerge from Liverpool in the early 20th century. His work includes scenes of Lime Street Station, St George’s Hall and Runcorn Bridge,

After finding his training at Liverpool School of Art ‘very unsatisfactory’, Hay moved to Cornwall where he flourished under British Impressionist Julius Olsson.

Hay later returned to Liverpool and became an energetic advocate for contemporary art in the city; he was responsible for organising exhibitions of work by significant international artists including the French Impressionist, Édouard Manet in 1904.

Hay travelled Britain extensively and documented his travel through his work, often making his drawings on the spot. The exhibition also includes drawings Hay made in Buckinghamshire, Dorset, and the Lake District.