SOLD Sunset over the City

by Hayley Lever (1876–1958)
Oil on panel
8 x 10 1/16 inches



Gump’s Gallery, San Francisco, California

Mongerson Wunderlich Galleries, Chicago, Illinois

Private collection, New Jersey

Sale, Swann Auction Galleries, New York, New York, June 30, 2021, lot 121, from above

Note: Hayley Lever visited New York for the first time in 1912, describing it as “the most wonderful and delightful city in the world.”[1] After a return visit in 1913, he finally moved to West 65th Street in 1914.

  [1] Elmer Schofield to Murielle Schofield, December 17, 1912, Walter Elmer Schofield papers, 1885–1974, reel 5043. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.; Quoted in Carol Lowrey, Hayley Lever and the Modern Spirit (New York: Spanierman Gallery, 2010), 18.

Artist Biography

A skilled painter of Post-Impressionist marine and seaport scenes.

By Chelsea DeLay

Art is the re-creation of mood in line, form and color.
—Hayley Lever

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Suggested Resources
VII. Notes

I. Biography

Richard Hayley Lever was born on September 28, 1876 in the South Australian town of Adelaide. During his youth, Lever attended Prince Alfred College, where his rudimentary artistic talent caught the eye of art instructor James Ashton. A painter himself, Ashton became a faculty mentor to Lever, instilling in him an appreciation for draftsmanship and drawing.[2] After his graduation in 1891, Lever made up his mind to

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