George Henry Hall

American, 1825 - 1913
George Henry Hall was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, 21 September, 1825. His father removed to Boston when the son was four years old. In 1849 he went to Dusseldorf, Germany with Eastman Johnson, and the two friends enrolled at the Royal Academy. Hall studied at the Academy for a year, and then moved to Paris to open a studio. While in Europe, he traveled to Italy. In 1852 he returned to New York and opened a second studio in the Tenth Street Building. Almost immediately, he became a regular exhibitor at the National Academy of Design, as well as the Boston Athenaeum. Hall was elected an associate in 1853, and in 1868 a member of the National Academy of Design.

He traveled to Spain on several occasions and spent a year studying in Egypt. Hall is one of the earliest American artists to devote himself to Spanish subject matter; he specialized in still life and genre painting and became one of America's most influential painters of these subjects.

National Academy: "Precious Lading," a Spanish scene (1868); "Thursday Fair at Seville" (1869); "A Young Lady of Seville and her Duenna" and "Lilacs" (1870); "The Four Seasons" (1871); "The Roman Fountain" (1874); "Autumn" (1877); and "Winter," "A Rug Bazaar at Cairo," "Oven at Pompeii" (1887), and "Pomegranates and Grapes" (1887).
Abby A. Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, VA
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA 23510
Georgia Museum of Art The University Of Georgia, Athens, GA
High Museum of Art Atlanta, GA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Smithsonian American Art Museum Washington, DC
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
The John H. Vanderpoel Art Association, Chicago, IL
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Biography courtesy of Roughton Galleries,
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