Born in the fashionable eastern town of
Hallís made his first appearance at Tattersalls - working on a number of their publications, including British Racehorses, The Sporting Review, The Field and The Illustrated London News. His earliest exhibited work was a portrait of Edward Wetherby, Esq. that was shown at the Royal Academy (RA) in 1838 while he was living in
Hall was also a frequent exhibitor at the British Institution, showing his first work there - Interior of a stable with Cart Horses - in 1847 and continuing to exhibit until 1866. However, it appears that he favored exhibiting at the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA). His exhibited first exhibited work at the RBA was in 1839 - A Brood Mare - and he continued sending works until 1875.
Like a number of his contemporaries, including J.F. Herring, F.C. Turner, E. Corbet, and Abraham Cooper, many of Hallís racehorse portraits - 114 in all - were used for engravings in The Sporting Magazine.
His last professional visit, outside the United Kingdom, was to M. Lefevre's racing establishment near Chantilly where he was commissioned to paint portraits of numerous horses including Mortemer and Flageolet. Hall died on April 22, 1882 from an attack of paralysis ... at that time he was finishing a commission for Prince Soltykoff of his horse Lucetta, winner of the Cambridgeshire in 1880.Today many of his works are in important collections of Sporting art throughout the world and are a wonderful picture of the great racing tradition in
Oil on Canvas
25" x 32"