English ( b.1857 - d.1927 )
|23.4 inches x 15.4 inches ( 59.5cm x 39cm )
|34 inches x 26 inches ( 86.5cm x 66cm )
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art in the English county of Dorset, this original painting by Henry Robinson Hall dates from around 1890.
The painting is presented and supplied in its original frame (shown in these photographs) which has had some small areas of the moulding on the edges repaired to restore its decorative appearance. The slip has been replaced with a contemporary choice that is sympathetic to the frame and the painting’s aesthetic.
This antique painting presentation is now in good decorative condition, commensurate with its age. It is supplied ready to hang and display.
The painting is signed lower left.
Henry Robinson Hall was a Victorian and Edwardian artist who was particularly noted for his works on Highland cattle. He painted in both oils and watercolours. He was born in York to Eliza Robinson in 1859 and registered as Henry Robinson. His mother subsequently married John Storey Hall in 1867, and so his surname was changed accordingly. Hall lived for a while in Newcastle upon Tyne where he became involved in the artistic community. He later moved to Fylde in Lancashire and married. He later lived in Barrow in Furness and then Coniston in Cumbria, where he had a studio and also ran an artists’ supplies shop and café. He died in Coniston on 31st May 1927 and is buried in the churchyard of St. Andrews church there.
Hall exhibited his works from 1895-1903 at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Artists and the Royal Scottish Academy.
Today his works are held in the National Collection, the Atkinson Art Gallery, the Oldham Gallery, the Rossendale Museum and the Lakeland Arts Trust. He was a fellow of the North British Academy of Arts.
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This original oil on canvas work by Henry Robinson Hall is a classic study of Scottish Highland cattle in the portrait format that is unusual for this subject matter and genre. It depicts three beautiful Highland cattle standing together in the shallows of a Scottish loch. The one in the centre is a rich red colour, the other two are the original black and a creamy white. All have white curved horns. The black cow is drinking from the loch, whilst the other two cattle look straight ahead, meeting the gaze of the viewer. The waters on the loch appear to be calm and cool, and in the background we see the magnificent, rugged mountain ranges of the Scottish Highlands. This scene is classic Henry Hall, and a real decorator’s piece.