An Italian Morning [Hal Hurst]

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A vibrant impressionist genre scene by highly acclaimed artist, Hal Hurst RBA, RI, ROI, HRMS (1865 - 1938). An older woman carries a tray of drinks as a younger figure, wearing a red headscarf, startles her by emerging from over a wall.

Hal Hurst was born Henry William Lowe Hurst in London, the son of Henry Hurst, a well-known publisher and globetrotter. Following an education at St Paul’s School in London, Hal moved to the US where he became an illustrator for newspapers in New York and Philadelphia.

Upon returning to Europe, he studied at the Royal Academy Schools and the The Académie Julian in Paris, while also exhibiting widely. His achievements include being elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He also illustrated over 20 books and his illustrations featured in Punch, Harper's Weekly and Vanity Fair.

Oil on card
Size including frame
20⅔” x 16½” / 53cm x 42cm
Year of creation
c. 1900 - c. 1930
Artist’s auction highlight
£2,700 at Sotheby’s in 2001.