HALL, Fred

1860 - 1948


Frederick Hall was born at Stillington, Yorkshire on 6 February 1860, son of Dr Frederick Hall (1 November 1833-), surgeon, and his wife Mary Adelaide Yates (1831-30 August 1910), daughter of William Yates, a cotton broker, who married at St James's Church, Alverthorpe with Thornes, Yorkshire on 25 November 1857. In 1861, Fred was a 1-year-old, living at Stillington with his parents, 29-year-old Frederick and 28[sic] year old Mary, plus an elder brother, 2-year-old Herbert. Fred studied at the Lincoln School of Art 1879-1881, before moving on to study under Michel Marie Charles Verlat (1824-1890) at Antwerp Academy. In 1881, a 21-year-old artist painter, together with his 19-year-old sister Mabel, on a visit at Wragby Road, Sotby, Lincolnshire, the home of farmer John Hodson and his wife. Often known as, and signing his work as Fred Hall, an English impressionist painter of landscapes, rustic subjects, and portraits. A member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1885-1888 exhibiting from Wratby, Lincolnshire in 1885, four oils 'Leisure', 'Finishing Touches', 'A Cornish Lad' and 'Summer, near Antwerp' and continued to exhibit regularly. About 1888, he became a member of the Newlyn School in Cornwall living at Faugan House, Faugan Lane in Newlyn, joining fellow ex-Lincoln School of Art student, Frank Bramley (1857-1915). He remained living in Cornwall until 1898 and is notable for both his series of witty caricatures of his fellow Newlyn artists, including Frank Bramley, Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947), and Norman Garstin (1847-1926), and his artistic development away from the strict realism of the Newlyn School towards impressionism. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1886 onward and at the Paris Salon, winning gold there in 1912, also exhibiting at the Royal Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street, London, the Grosvenor Gallery, the New Gallery, and the New English Art Club, but resigned from the latter in 1890. In 1891, a 31 year old widower, living at Madron, Penzance and he married again in 1898, 22 year old Agnes Beryl Dodd (30 July 1876-1940), and they went to live at The Willows, Westcott Street, Dorking, Surrey but by the time that their daughter, Barbara Beryl, was born on 17 October 1908 they were living at 7 St Paul's Studio, Colet Gardens, London and later settled in Speen, near Newbury in Berkshire. The 'Royal Cornwall Gazette' reviewing the 1886 exhibition by the Institute of Painters in Oil Colours, praised the picturesque quality of the houses and beach of his 'Cornish Village' (1886), but criticised the inclusion of figures which lacked any 'raison d'être' for being there. His 'The Goose' was exhibited at the Royal Academy 1888 and was described by 'The Ipswich Journal' as being clever and powerful, while 'The Leeds Mercury' called it humorous and 'The Graphic' 'broadly-comic' and 'eccentric in composition, even grotesque'. The 'Morning Post' commended 'The Adversity' for its eloquence and harmony of subject and landscape when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in May 1889. In 1939, Frederick Hall was an artist, living at Hill Cottage, Speed, Newbury with his wife Agnes and daughter Barbara and where he died on 21 August 1948.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Newlyn, Cornwall
1887 84 Old Birds
         767 April
1888 619 The Goose...
         624 The Goose...
1890 511 Porlock, Somerset
1891 751 The end of the Day
         754 Winifred, daughter of John Dunthorne, Esq.
         1076 Cinderella: Grimm's Fairy-tale
1892 1041 The Result of High Living
1894 316 Moonrise
1896 692 The Plough
1897 40 Bleak March
from 6 Castle Street, Liverpool
1900 493 In a Dorset Village
         905 An Autumn Evening
from The Willows, Westcott, Dorking
1903 417 Lowland Pastures
         636 The Duck Pond
1904 461 Silver and Gold
         797 An Old Waterway
1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937

Works by This Artist