Peter Adolf Hall was born in 1739 in Boras, Sweden, the son of a physician. Counter to his father's plans for him to join the medical profession, Hall went to study art in Germany with Eeckhard and Reichard. Next he moved to Paris in 1760, where he garnered his greatest success as a miniature painter and pastelist. Diderot called him "the Van Dyck of the miniature." From 1769 to 1789 he exhibited at the Salon and was named to the Academy. The French Revolution, however, ruined him. Hall emmigrated and died in poverty in 1793 at Liége, Belgium. The Wallace Collection, in London, owns some remarkable examples of his talent.
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