Homeward bound signed and dated 'FRED HALL/1891' (lower right) oil on canvas 91 x 197.5 cm. (35 13/16 x 77 3/4 in.)
It is uncertain at what date Fred Hall actually settled in Newlyn but Stanhope Forbes first acknowledged his presence in 1885. In 1884 he exhibited An Orchard near Newlyn, Cornwall at the Royal Academy and in 1893 a letter firmly claimed that he had then 'been ten years a Newlyner'.1 The present lot was therefore certainly painted while Hall was still in Newlyn, and depicts a theme that Hall would revisit throughout the 1890s, in works such as The end of the day (RA, 1891), Homeward (RA, 1893), and The Shepherd (RA, 1895).
1. R Jope-Slade 'The Outsiders', Black and White Handbook to the Royal Academy and New Gallery, 1893, p. 25.
London, The New Gallery, 1892, no. 51 as 'Twilight'.