Man on Horseback

by Frederick Hall


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 12 x 14 inches (30.5 x 35.6 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed with dedication ‘Fred Hall to W.R.W.’ (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on panel



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    Frederick Hall interpreted his surroundings with a light touch and a realistic approach. He spent a considerable amount of time in Newlyn painting ‘en plein air’. Newlyn had a number of things guaranteed to attract artists: fantastic light, cheap living, and the availability of inexpensive models. The artists were fascinated by the fishermen’s working life at sea and the everyday life in the harbour and nearby villages.

    Yorkshire born Frederick Hall trained initially at the Lincoln School of Art before becoming a pupil of Charles Verlat (1824-1890) at the prestigious Antwerp Academy. His time in Antwerp was key in the artist’s progress as it was here that he met up with William Longsdail (1859-1944) and Frank Bramley (1857-1915), another former Lincoln pupil, and was persuaded to join them at Newlyn in 1883. He became enveloped in the social circle of the other artists who lived there, and was inspired by the fantastic light that the English coast offered. This work by Hall, ‘Man on Horseback’, is a fantastic example of one of the artist’s rural realist paintings for which he was so famed.

    Private collection, United States

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    Frederick Hall was born in Yorkshire in 1860 and studied at the Lincoln School of Art, later furthering his studies in Antwerp, it was at Antwerp that he befriended Frank Bramley and William Longsdail and this was the catalyst that led him to become a member of the Newlyn School from 1883, where he practised ‘plein-air’ painting with Stanhope Forbes, Bramley and others.

    During the 1890s he spent less time in Newlyn, painting instead around Porlock on the Somerset coast. There he painted subjects that were more overtly social realist in content, with titles like ‘Adversity’. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the New English Art Club, the Fine Art Society and the Paris Salon, where he won a gold medal.

    Hall later developed a keen interest in cartoons and caricatures and began to draw for ‘The Graphic’, ‘Black and White’ and ‘The Sketch’, establishing friendships with other notable illustrators.

    Following his marriage in 1898 Hall moved around quite often, finally settling at Speen near Newbury, Berkshire in 1911.

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