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CLIFFORD HALL R.O.I., N.S. (1904 – 1973)

 

“Brixham, the Fish Market”

Oil Painting. 24 x 19cm

Signed

Further signed, titled & dated 1949 on reverse

From a collection of the artist’s work                                                                              IMAGE         

 

 

 

Clifford Hall was a painter in oil and watercolour, draughtsman and etcher. He was born in Wandsworth on 24th January 1904.  He began studying at Richmond Art School under Charles Wheeler, and later attended Putney Art School under Stanley Anderson.  In 1926, he began a two year period at the Royal Academy Schools (Landseer Scholarship) working under the influence of Charles Sims and Walter Sickert.  He also studied in Paris with Andre Lhote and in 1928 he shared a studio with Edwin John (son of Augustus), who introduced him to the artists and cafes of Montparnasse.  Back in England in the 1930s, Hall staged two one man exhibitions, one at the Beaux Art Gallery c.1935. 

 

At the beginning of the War in 1939, Hall joined the stretcher party located near Lots Road, and some of the sketches he produced in this time are now in the Imperial War Museum. After the war, Hall held several one man exhibitions including a number at Roland, Browse and Delbanco, the first of which was in 1946.  He also had a solo show at the Leicester Galleries in 1952 as well as exhibiting at Anthony d’Offay Gallery, the New English Art Club, the Royal Academy, the Redfern Gallery, Goupil Gallery, the Pastel Society,  the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the National Society, the Royal Society of British Artists, the London Group, the Paris Salon and the National Gallery.   His monograph on Constantin Guys was published.  Hall recorded his life as a bohemian artist in Chelsea in an unpublished diary covering 50 years from the 1920s.  In the late 1960s he started a new series of paintings of women with unseen faces  wrapped in towels.

 

Work by Clifford Hall is in the Imperial War Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Arts Council, the Contemporary Art Society, Brooklyn Museum U.S.A., the National Gallery of Wales, Museums and Galleries in Birmingham, Darlington, Altrincham, Melbourne (Felton bequest), Sydney, the National Gallery of New South Wales and Belfast.  His work has been reproduced in the “Studio” and “Apollo” magazines.   A memorial exhibition was held at Belgrave Gallery in 1977 followed by a studio sale at Christie’s in 1982.  Hall married Ann Hewson,  one of his students from Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art.  They lived in London.

 

 

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