Richard Hayley Lever Oil Painting
Lever is a well-listed artist who was one of the leaders in American art of the first half of the twentieth century. He continues to be highly regarded and very collectible. He was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1876, went to England in 1899, spending much time in Cornwall, especially St. Ives. By 1912 he had chosen to live in the United States and spent the remainder of his career painting in New York and New England. He taught at the Art Students' League. He has been collected almost from the beginnings of his career, both by individuals and by museums. The winner of a wide variety of prizes and awards, he was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1933. Pieces of this size have sold at auction over the last few years in the range of $$2000-10,000.
He died in Mt. Vernon, New York, in 1958.It is oil on board (Masonite) and measures 12 inches high by 16 inches wide. It is beautifully framed (in the same frame as when we bought it); the framed dimensions are 16 inches high by 20 inches wide. The painting is signed and titled on the reverse. The title of the painting is "By The River."