Born in Wandsworth, he began studying at Richmond Art School under Charles Wheeler, and later attended Putney Art School under Stanley Anderson. In 1926, he began a two year period at the Royal Academy Schools (on a Landseer Scholarship) working under the influence of Charles Sims and Walter Sickert. He also studied in Paris with Andre Lhote and in 1928 shared a studio with Edwin John (son of Augustus), who introduced him to the artists and cafes of Montparnasse. After the war, Hall held several one man exhibitions notably at Roland, Browse and Delbanco and the Leicester Galleries. His work is held in the Imperial War Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Arts Council, the Contemporary Art Society, Brooklyn Museum and the National Gallery of Wales.