HALL, Harry

1815 - 1882

Harry Hall

Henry, known as Harry Hall, was baptised Henry Hall at All Saints Church, Newmarket, Suffolk on 10 September 1815, son of Henry Hall and his wife Maria née Lemon, who married at Chatteris, Cambridgeshire on 3 November 1811, he was the second son to be named Henry, his elder brother Henry Lemon Hall, died shortly after birth in 1813. Harry was trained by another sporting artist of note, Abraham Cooper (1787-1868). Harry exhibited at the Royal Academy 1838-1864, the British Institution and the Society of British Artists between 1838 and 1875, from Newmarket or St John’s Wood, London, mostly racehorses, hunters or the occasional sporting scene and after the death of the elder John Frederick Herring (1795-1865), was considered the foremost racehorse portraitist of his time. He married at Newmarket in 1841, Ellen Anne Payne and in Kelly’s Suffolk Directories 1846-1853, an artist at High Street, Newmarket where he was living in 1851, ‘animal portrait painter’ with his 28 year old wife and their four children, Sydney Prior 8, Arthur Henry Pitt 6, Frank Algernon 4 and Frederick 1, all born at Newmarket, and he kept two house servants. Harry was still living at 'The Glen' High Street, Newmarket in 1871 but ten years later had moved to a retirement home, part of the Rous Memorial Hospital, at Upper Station Road, (now Old Station Road), Wood Ditton, Cambridgeshire with his wife and son Sydney Prior Hall [q.v.], where he died on 22 April 1882. Although his work covered all aspects of country sports he is best remembered for his portraits of racing personalities and racehorses. He painted forty-three consecutive winners of the Derby, most being painted for engraving for 'Bailey’s Magazine', until he quarrelled with the proprietor over a pay rise.

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