François Joseph Clement Halkett was born on 5 December 1856 in Molenbeek-St-Jean, Belgium. His father Jean-Joseph Halkett was a sugar refiner and was descended from a Scottish ancestor who came to Belgium at the time of the Battle of Waterloo. He attended the Molenbeek-St-Jean School of Art before going to the Brussels Academy of Art in 1877, studying under Jean-François Portaels (1818-1895) and Joseph Stallaert (1825-1903). He became a member of the artists’ association L’Essor and also Les Hydrophiles and exhibited in Brussels, Berlin and Munich. He also exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1883 and over the years received prizes including an honourable mention and a bronze medal. He also exhibited at the Paris World Fair in 1889, where he won a silver medal.
Halkett married Clémence Dubois in 1888 with whom he had two children, Lucie (1890-1964) and Alice (1894-1970). Alice also became an artist. The family lived in Brussels at 83 Aqueductstraat. Halkett specialised in painting portraits and figures. He painted a number of portraits of his daughters such as this lovely example, as well as other members of his family. Halkett died on 6 December 1921 in Brussels.
An example of his work can be found in the Municipal Museum of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||30.5 inches x 18.5 inches (77.5cm x 47cm)|
|Framed Size||39 inches x 27 inches (99cm x 68.5cm)|