Lot 105: WILLIAM MELTON HALSEY 1938 WATERCOLOR QUEEN STREET
23 October 2016
Mr. Pleasant, SC, USALive Auction
Description: William Melton Halsey (1915-1999) Watercolor on Paper. "Queen Street" Charleston, SC painted July, 1938. Titled on verso "Queen Street, 1938". Signed and dated by the artist lower left. With the Retrospective Stamp and Number En verso. A mid-career retrospective was held at the Greenville County Museum of Art in 1972 and then traveled to the Gibbes Museum of Art (formerly the Gibbes Art Gallery), Charleston, South Carolina, and the Florence Museum, Florence, South Carolina. In frame 26.25"x17.25"x1.75". Sight 21.50"x12". Wt. 6 pds. William Melton Halsey was born and raised in Charleston, SC. His talent was evident at an early age, and he was encouraged by his mother, Eleanor Loeb Halsey. His first instructor was the local artist Elizabeth O'Neill Verner, who had studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and was one of the leading artists in the Charleston Renaissance. Another early influence was the local Charleston artist Edward I. R. Jennings, who had studied in New York City with Arthur Wesley Dow. It was from Jennings that the young Halsey learned about what was happening in the realm of modern art. After high school Halsey attended the University of South Carolina for two years. Realizing he was only interested in art, he sought another place to study where he could maintain his singular focus. He moved to Boston to study at the Boston Museum School (now called the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston). While there, he developed an interest in fresco and became sufficiently trained to be able to teach this technique at the school. He attended the school from 19351939. Halsey remained an eminent and influential art teacher in the Lowcountry, beginning with his early activity at Savannah's Telfair Academy and continuing at the Gibbes from 1945 to 1953. He subsequently co-founded the Charleston Art School with McCallum and Willard Hirsch in 1953. From 1965 until his retirement in 1984, he taught at the College of Charleston and was instrumental in developing the studio art department there. The Halsey Gallery and The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts are named in his honor.
Condition Report: good