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Bernard Hailstone

(1910-1987), Artist

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Artist of 2 portraits
Bernard Hailstone was a painter. He studied at Goldsmith's College School of Art, under Clive Gardiner, then the Royal Academy Schools, with James Bateman and Walter Westley Russell. During the war Hailstone served with the Auxiliary Fire Services. He recorded some of the scenes he witnessed in the Blitz in a series of paintings. In 1941 the War Artists Advisory Committee commissioned Hailstone to paint civil defence subjects. He supplemented these works with portraits of his colleagues in the fire services and other war workers. After the war Hailstone established a successful practice as a portrait painter.

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Winston Churchill, by Bernard Hailstone - NPG 4458

Winston Churchill

by Bernard Hailstone
chalk, 1956
NPG 4458

Sir John Barbirolli, by Bernard Hailstone - NPG 5983

Sir John Barbirolli

by Bernard Hailstone
oil on canvas, 1964
NPG 5983


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Chris Adams

04 November 2019, 16:54

Bernard did portrait sketches of my wife and myself in 1984 or 1985 which we have at home--my daughter has one of the 3 that he did of my wife. He was a delightful person and I still remember the lunch of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs at the Chelsea Arts Club.
Chris Adams, Retired Neurosurgeon.

Janis Hashe

20 December 2017, 20:52

I was a portrait model for Bernard Hailstone in 1979 when he was teaching classes in his Chelsea studio. He was a warm and engaging instructor. On one occasion, just for his own amusement, he painted an oil sketch of me which I loved and asked if I could have. He generously gave it to me and I still have it hanging in my home.

Poul S. Nielsen

02 April 2017, 18:14

I am a Canadian artist who met Bernard Hailstone in 1967 in Calgary, Alberta. In 1971, while living in London, I worked as his studio assistant. He was an extraordinary portrait painter and I was often astonished at the economy of means and the limited palette used by this humble master portrait artist. He was a wonderful person who I remained friends with until his passing and remember him with respect and admiration.

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