Cecil Jay

Cecil Jay (1883–1954) was an Anglo-American painter, mainly of portraits and miniatures.

A native of London, Jay conventional her early instruction there, first at the Royal College of Art and later below Hubert von Herkomer back traveling to the Netherlands. Here she studied in imitation of the American expatriate George Hitchcock, marrying him in 1905. After he died in 1913, she took American citizenship. After World War I, she married a retired British civil servant, Oliver Vassall Calder, with whom she lived in Oxford. She died in Oxford.

Jay was lively mostly at the arrival of the twentieth century, exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1902 until 1928 and showing at the Royal Miniature Society in 1904. She afterward exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1907 to 1913, and her produce a result was shown at the Walker Art Gallery. Jay afterward had an link with the National Academy of Design, appearing in the 1914 annual exhibition there and establishing the George Hitchcock Landscape in Sunlight Prize once a bequest; the latter has been awarded sporadically back 1975. She won a silver medal for miniatures at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, winning trustworthy mention for her oil paintings there, and was a zealot of the New York Watercolor Club as well. Jay She moreover produced a handful of genre paintings, many taking into account Dutch themes.

Jay's portrait of Hitchcock is in the collections of the National Academy. She is as a consequence represented in the collections of the Walker Art Gallery.

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