Although he occasionally painted landscapes, Hallett is primarily known as a marine painter and found plenty to inspire him around Boston Harbor, as well as along the North Shore of Massachusetts up to Marblehead, and in Maine at Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island. Beginning around 1906, he also made sketching trips to the coast of England. Hallett exhibited his oils and watercolors regularly at the Boston Art Club, and also participated in exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association.
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Hallett sketched outdoors with pencil and paper, making color notes and memoranda to himself for reference, before translating these first impressions into larger oil paintings in his studio. Although he worked in a very traditional manner, he was touched by the sense of immediacy when painting on site, declaring, “[I try to] reproduce the impression that [a scene] makes on me as nearly as I can.” In Boys and Dory, one can imagine the artist was inspired by the warm, afternoon sunlight highlighting the clouds in the sky and creating soft reflections in the pools of water on the sand.
Private collection, Dover, Massachusetts
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 32566, August 1998
To private collection, Boston and later Osterville, Massachusetts, May 1999 to present
1). (top stretcher, in black crayon) 112
2). (lower stretcher, in pencil but fairly illegible) Bailey (?) Reg—(?)
Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 32566