William Halsall

William Formby Halsall (March 20, 1841[1] – November 7, 1919) was a marine painter born in Kirkdale, England. His parents were John and Mary.[1]

William Halsall
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William Formby Halsall

(1841-03-20)March 20, 1841
Kirkdale, England
DiedNovember 7, 1919(1919-11-07) (aged 78)
Winthrop, Massachusetts

He lived at Provincetown, Massachusetts and died as a US citizen.

Mariner and fresco painterEdit

Halsall was educated in Boston, Massachusetts and worked as a sailor for seven years from 1852 to 1859. In 1860, he had begun to study fresco painting but due to the outbreak of the American Civil War, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He resumed his fresco study after two years of service.

Marine paintingEdit

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor, one of Halsall's famous paintings (1882)

In 1862, Halsall changed to marine painting and studied at the Lowell Institute in Boston until 1870.[2] Halsall was also a founding member of the Provincetown Art Association in 1914.[3]

He died in Winthrop, Massachusetts on November 7, 1919.[4]


  1. ^ a b Halsall, William Formby, in Marquis Who's Who (1901-1902 edition) (via archive.org)
  2. ^ Short Biography @ AskART.com Retrieved June 2009
  3. ^ "PAAM: Archives". paam.org. Archived from the original on February 4, 2001.
  4. ^ "Deaths: Halsall". New-York Tribune. November 10, 1919. p. 6. Retrieved January 15, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.

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