Born in Montreal, Canada, Haylett moved with his parents back to Britain at the age of two and was brought up in Southend-on-Sea. He studied art there and at St Martins, London. A recent correspondent (2016) writes that she owns a portrait by Haylett which the artist painted of her father during the war (1944) while they were posted to India. He was primarily a portrait painter although he had a broad range of art and design skills, and was invited to St Ives shortly after the War by his friend the photographer Gilbert ADAMS.
He was so taken by the ambience of the town that he took a studio in Westcott's Quay on the spot. His fiancée Jean, a fashion student, joined him and they married in 1946. His favourite portrait subject was his wife, although he soon began to win commissions from the rich and famous. He was asked by one of the organisers of the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition to submit a design. His scheme was selected for the 1954 Exhibition and was such a success he was given the accolade of being selected the following year as well.
He also redesigned a number of shops in St Ives, was a design consultant for Plymouth Breweries, and designs for two of his homes were featured in Ideal Homes. Haylett also taught art at Redruth School of Art, the St Ives School of Painting and Camborne College.
In August 2011 an auctioneer selling one of his paintings came across a businesss card giving Haylett's address in 1950 as 'The Warren, St Ives'.
Painter of portraits; designer and teacher
works and access
Works include: Portraits Lady Marguerite Tangye; Duke of Beaufort; Cardinal Heenan; Patrick Lichfield; Sir Russell Brock; Sir Geoffrey Jefferson, and child portraits of Jonathan and Hayley Mills (children of actor Sir John Mills)
The Return to Plymouth of Sir Francis Chichester was commissioned by the Royal Yacht Club, Falmouth
Locally: Portrait of Robert Lyle (c1928-c2002) Former High Sheriff of Cornwall 1984-5 (1985) at Helston Folk Museum
STISA (first show) 1947, 1951 Festival of Britain Touring Show
Downing's Bookshop One-man show 1948
DMIHE 1954 and 55
STISA 1950-1995 (Secretary 1958)
STIFMA 1953 (First Artistic Director)
misc further info
Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945
Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership
Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash;