Harry Hall 1814-1882

Harry Hall was born in Cambridge and first appeared as an artist at Tattersalls working on a number of their publications, initially British Racehorses and The Sporting Review. He graduated to become chief artist of The Field. He produced a great volume of work, much of which was engraved. The Sporting Magazine published 114 plates by Hall. He also worked for The Illustrated London News.


Hall’s output was prolific and he was the foremost racehorse portraitist of his time, his style has been described as being 'strikingly modern when compared with many of his contemporaries'. He also produced other types of portraits and shooting scenes.


He first appeared as an artist in Tattersalls and worked on many publications. Firstly, he put in efforts on British racehorse and sports review. He graduated and became the chief artist in the field. He produced a large number of works, many of which were sculpted. Sporting Magazine has published 114 records by Hall. He also worked for The Illustrated London News.


Harry Hall commenced his life as a portrait painter and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1838, but his career took a start with his first equestrian work at the Royal Academy, when he exhibited a Suffolk flask from Newmarket in 1845. Since 1846, Hall has worked in his home Willough House, Newmarket, and frequently in England and Europe. Since 1860 Hall has worked continuously without exhibiting.


Harry Hall lived in St. John's Wood, London, when the first demonstration of his artworks were held at the Royal Academy in 1838. He shifted to Great Queen Street in Covent Garden in 1844, and then to the New Market, where many patrons and subjects resided. Harry Hall continued to exhibit at the Royal Academy until 1864. He also displayed his paintings at the British Institute on Suffolk Street and the Royal Society of British Artists. Hall was very popular throughout his career and received many requests to paint portraits of the country gentleman's favorite horses and the gentleman himself. His work is in the Burnley Museum, Cheltenham and Melon collection.


As a professional artist, he works primarily in oil, but also in pastel and watercolor media. His passion is the seascape and the landscape drawn outdoors. His oil paintings consist primarily of landscapes, where he paints to capture the changing light splendor of the sky and the spirit of the subject and place. In addition to Northumbria, he has worked extensively in the Peak District and Cornwall.