Thomas Symington Halliday

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Thomas Symington Halliday
Born(1902-04-11)11 April 1902
Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway
Died 22 May 1998(1998-05-22) (aged 96)
Ashford, Kent
Nationality British
Education Glasgow School of Art
Known for Sculpture, Painting, Stained Glass

Thomas Symington Halliday MBE FRSA (11 April 1902-22 May 1998) was a Scottish artist and teacher. Although Halliday was an accomplished sculptor, painter and teacher, he is also known for his designs for stained glass windows.

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Halliday was born in Thornhill near Dumfries. His father was a grain merchant and he grew up on a farm. [1] After attending Ayr Academy, Halliday spent some years working as a marine engineer on the River Clyde in Glasgow before he enrolled at the Glasgow School of Art. [2] Helped by the artist Norman Forrest, Halliday began his career as a sculptor in 1932 and would, in due course, produce figures of animals and birds in wood, bronze and terracotta. [2]

Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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Dumfries town in Scotland

Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland. It is located near the mouth of the River Nith into the Solway Firth. Dumfries is the traditional county town of the historic county of Dumfriesshire. Dumfries is nicknamed Queen of the South. The nickname has also given name to the town's professional football club. People from Dumfries are known colloquially in the Scots language as Doonhamers.

Ayr Academy

Ayr Academy is a non-denominational secondary school situated within the Cragie Estate area at University Avenue in Ayr, South Ayrshire. It is a comprehensive school for children of ages 11–18 from Ayr. Ayr Academy's catchment area covers Newton-on-Ayr, Whitletts and the outlying villages of Coylton, Annbank, and Mossblown. In 2007, the closure of Mainholm Academy resulted in the addition of approximately 100 pupils attending Ayr Academy. As of November 2017, 426 pupils attended Ayr Academy which is the smallest pupil intake numbers in the whole of South Ayrshire. The school's motto, Respice, Prospice, is Latin for "Look Backwards, Look Forwards".

Halliday worked as the Art Master at Prestwick High School for several years and also taught at Ayr Academy. In 1941 he was appointed principal of the art department at the High School of Dundee, a post he retained until he retired in 1965. [1] During World War Two, Halliday painted ship building and naval camouflage operations on the Clyde. [3] Two of these paintings were subsequently purchased by the War Artists' Advisory Committee and are now held by the Imperial War Museum in London. [4] Later he was commissioned to paint a large mural of the Battle of Narvik for the Royal Naval Dockyard at Rosyth. [1] In 1947 he co-edited, with the poet George Bruce, the magazine Scottish Sculpture. [3]

High School of Dundee

The High School of Dundee is an independent, co-educational, day school in Dundee, Scotland which provides nursery, primary and secondary education to just over one thousand pupils. Its foundation has been dated to 1239, and it is the only private school in Dundee.

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For many years, Halliday lived at Wormit at Newport-on-Tay. [5] There he carved the war memorial for the parish church and designed a coat of arms for the Town Council. Newport-on-Tay Town Council also commissioned him to produce a carving of a stag, which they presented to the Queen in 1958. [1] He designed numerous stained glass windows including several for parish churches in and around Ayr and Dundee. [3] He was a founding member of the Guild of Aviation Artists, was a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and was elected to Society of Scottish Artists in 1943. [3] In 1963 he exhibited works with the New Scottish Group. [3] Halliday was also a regular exhibitor with both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. [5] He was awarded an MBE in 1963. [6]

Wormit town in Scotland

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Newport-on-Tay town in Fife, Scotland

Newport-on-Tay is a small town in the north-east of Fife in Scotland, acting as a commuter suburb for Dundee. The Fife Coastal Path passes through Newport-on-Tay. The area itself is surrounded by views of the two bridges that cross the River Tay and distant views of the Scottish Highlands.

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  2. 1 2 Peter J.M. McEwan (1994). The Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture. Antique Collectors' Club. ISBN   1 85149 134 1.
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