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Clifford Hall ROI NS (1904-1973)


Eric Clifford Martin Hall, ROI NS (1904-1973)

First establishing himself as a painter of portraits and scenes of low life, Clifford Hall became a well-known personality in bohemian Chelsea of the 1940s and 50s. However, later in his career, he developed a distinctive new strand of images, of enigmatic draped women.

Clifford Hall was born in Wandsworth, London, on 24 January 1904, the elder son of Clifford Henry Hall, a newspaper manager, and his wife, Isabella Hall (née Beatty). He grew up in Richmond, living first in East Sheen Avenue and then in Mount Ararat Road, and received his initial education from the Misses Doughty at Elm House School, East Sheen. Though he did not enjoy his time at Richmond Hill School, The Vineyard, Richmond, he was encouraged in his drawing by one teacher, Arthur Noding. From there, he went on to King’s College School, Wimbledon.

From 1922, Hall studied in evening classes at Richmond School of Art, under Charles Wheeler, and then full time at Putney School of Art, under Stanley Anderson.

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