In his youth he was put to work in the family business, Hall's tannery in New Earswick, while attending the York Art School as often as possible. When still a teenager he helped with the conservation of the stained-glass windows in York Minster, leading to a life-long interest in architecture and cathedrals that stayed with him all his life. After the war and the break-up of the family business, Hall at last felt free to go to London to pursue an artistic career full-time. He set up a studio in his home in South Terrace, South Kensington, where he painted constantly. He was Honorary, then acting, Secretary of the Chelsea Arts Club, and made many friends among London’s artistic community. He stayed in London until the early Seventies, when he and his wife went to live in Kent. A regular exhibiter at the Royal Academy, the New English Art Club, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Paris Salon, he showed commercially with Victor Waddington.