Yorkshire born Fred 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. Along with his fellow artists, Hall was fascinated with the local Cornish people, and frequently depicted fishermen in their everyday lives.

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