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Sydney Prior Hall (1842-1922), Portrait painter and illustrator
Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist associated with 152 portraits
Hall was one of the leading reportage artists of the later Victorian period. He joined The Graphic shortly after its foundation in 1869, having decided on a career as an artist while at Oxford. He immediately established his name with a series of vivid drawings made at the front during the Franco-Prussian war. As The Art Journal commented, his drawings of the Parnell Commission were among his finest achievements in the medium of graphic journalism: 'he was in court the whole time, busy with a swift revealing pencil which missed no turn of affairs'.