Harold Haydon

American, 1909 - 1994

Haydon 5283 trans

Site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Chicago (Al Capone vs. the George "Bugs" Moran North Side Gang), 1931
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches (framed 20 x 23 inches)

Signed Harold Haydon lower right; estate stamped and numbered on reverse.



“Big Picture: A New View of Painting in Chicago”, The Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL, October 20, 2003-August 3, 2004, illus. p. 17.

Harold Emerson Haydon was born in 1909 in Fort William, Ontario, Canada. He came to Chicago with his family in 1917 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1941. Haydon attended the University of Chicago Lab School and the University of Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Philosophy. He also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1930s. Haydon became a Professor of Art at the University of Chicago from 1944-1975 and later taught as an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1975-1981. From 1975-1982, Haydon also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University .

Harold Haydon served as the longtime art critic of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper from 1963-1985. He died in Chicago in 1994. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of his artworks benefits the scholarship fund of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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