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Red, White and Black Self Portrait
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: BAC Moving Museum: Wandsworth Collection

Red, White and Black Self Portrait 1970

William Hallé (1912–1998)

BAC Moving Museum: Wandsworth Collection

Painter, notably of landscape in oil, born in Richmond, Surrey. His father was related to the Hallé who founded the orchestra, and his mother was a direct descendant of Sir Peter Lely, court painter to Charles II. Hallé decided to become a painter after looking at a book of reproductions in his public library, having gone to live in the East End of London aged 20, and attended evening classes at Bethnal Green Men’s Institute. During war service in the Army he joined local art schools where he was stationed, after demobilisation continuing at Battersea Men’s Institute and working at night as a telephonist. A visit to France during the war and later trips to South Africa, where he showed solo at Alder Gallery, Johannesburg, were important.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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