WHYTE'S THE CHRISTMAS SALE Ends 13 December 2021 from 6PM

75 THE CHRISTMAS SALE - ART & COLLECTIBLES· TIMED AUCTION - ENDS MONDAY 13 DECEMBER 2021 6PM 67 Ernest Columba Hayes RHA (1914-1978) PORTRAIT OF MISS ROINOLAWALLACE oil on board inscribed on reverse 15 by 12in. (38.1 by 30.5cm) Frame Dimensions: 21 by 18in. (53.3 by 45.7cm) Provenance: Estate of Hildegard Hayes, the artist’s wife; Whyte’s, 9 December 2012, ex lot 159; Whence purchased by the present owner A Dublin born artist, Hayes was a student at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art in the years 1931 to 1934, where he studied under Seán Keating and had his rst painting accepted by the Royal Hibernian Academy while still a student there. He went on to regularly show at the RHA for the rest of his life. He joined the Dublin Sketching Club in 1935 later becoming the clubs secretary. He had his rst one-man show at the Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin in 1937. In 1942 he was elected Associate of the RHA and three years later in 1945 became a full member. That same year he married Irma Verona Maguire (née Stranger-Jones) a pianist and divorcée in London. From 1946 to 1956 he was President of the Dublin Sketching Club after this period he relocated to London an in 1958 he completed a large portrait of the Duchess of Gloucester, now in St Botolph’s Hall, which was exhibited in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Exhibition at the Royal Institute Galleries. Irma died in Dublin in 1959 after battling with cancer. Later that year Hayes met Hildegard von Hob in Gelting, Germany whom he married in 1960. From this point until 1977 he travelled extensively throughout Europe working in Italy, France and Germany. A year after his death the RHA commemorated Hayes in a memorial section. Thirteen years later, in 1992 a memorial exhibition was held at the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art. Hayes made his home in County Wicklow from the mid-1960s. €500-€700 (£420-£590 approx.) Click here for more images and to bid on this lot67