Sir Syndey Prior Hall MVO, MA (1842-1922) was a British portrait painter and illustrator and one of the leading reportage artists of the later Victorian period. The son of animal portraitist Harry Hall, Sydney was educated at Merchant Taylors' School. He decided on a career as an artist while at Oxford University and joined the staff of The Graphic, an illustrated newspaper, shortly after its foundation in late 1869. He immediately established his name with a series of vivid drawings made at the front during the Franco-Prussian War.
Sydney Hall worked as a map maker at a time when the demand for highly decorative maps had declined. However his renowned eye for detail was put to good use in the many maps he produced for several atlases of the period where clarity and accuracy took precedence over elaborate decoration.A busy image of activity at the Oxford and Cambridge University boat race, with crowds and racing crews.. The Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed between men's and women's open-weight eights on the River Themes in London.
His colored lithograph is signed lower right "Sydney P Hall". Framed and glazed.
The print was a Gift Aided donation to FARA Belsize Park