Richard HAYLEY-LEVER, A haven beneath the hill, St Ives Enlarge 1 /1


Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 1876 – Mount Vernon, United States of America 1958

  • England and France 1893, United States of America from 1911

A haven beneath the hill, St Ives c.1908 Place made: St Ives, Cornwall, England
Creation Notes: Hayley lever was apparently resident in St Ives between 1902-1911.
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: signed lower right in black oil, 'HAYLEY LEVER". not dated.
Dimensions: sight 140.5 h x 164.5 w cm framed (overall) 1675 h x 1920 w x 70 d mm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1968
Accession No: NGA 68.35

Richard Hayley-Lever studied at James Ashton’s Norwood Art School in Adelaide. Ashton had spent time painting in the artists’ colony at St Ives on the Cornish Coast of Britain in the 1880s, and likely inspired Hayley-Lever to follow in his footsteps to Europe and then St Ives around 1899.

St Ives was a lively cosmopolitan arts hub centred on plein air and marine painting, predominantly influenced by British Impressionism. A haven beneath the hill, St Ives, however, reveals the influence of French Impressionism in capturing the effects of light and atmosphere. Similarly, Hayley-Lever’s use of colour and flattened form indicates his emerging interest in Post-Impressionism.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013