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Clifford Hall (1904-1973)

Painter in oil and watercolour, draughtsman and etcher, born in London. In the early 1920s he began to study at Richmond Art School, then Putney Art School, 1922-1925, and the Royal Academy Schools, 1926-7. He was influenced especially by Walter Sickert, and much of Hall's work bears the stamp of Sickert's palette and subject-matter: landscapes, genre scenes and London low life. In the late 1920s he lived in Paris, studying with Andre Lhote. Had a one-man show at the Beaux Arts Gallery in the mid-1930s, then served with a stretcher party during much of World War II. In 1941 he showed work at the Leger entitled 'Exhibition of War Drawings - Bombs On Chelsea'.In 1946 he had the first of a number of one-man exhibitions at Roland, Browse and Delbanco, and his monograph on Constantin Guys was published. Making a living in Bohemian Chelsea was often a struggle for Hall, who recorded his experiences in an unpublished journal coveri