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Stanley Hallett
Field Edge, 1974
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Francis Stanley Hallett (1905-1987)

He was born October 19, 1905 in Newton, Massachusetts, a son of Edward Merrihew and Blanche May Stanley Hallett. Blanche was the daughter of Francis Stanley, the inventor of the Stanley Steamer. Edward was working as a "purchasing agent, auto co." in 1910 and as a "manufacturer, automobiles" in 1920.  There were servants living in the Hallett home in 1910 and 1920, so the family was apparently fairly wealthy.  Stanley was known as either F. Stanley or just Stanley.

He is only identified as Francis in two easily found primary records, both before 1930.  He was identified as Stanley in the 1910 census, Francis in the 1920 census and F. Stanley in the 1930 census.  Stanley married a woman named Esther C. about 1929 and they were living in Newton, Massachusetts in 1930 where his employment was reported as "agency, advertising".  Stanley married next Eleanore May LaMarche on June 7, 1941.  The Halletts moved to Wilton Centre, New Hampshire by 1947.

Hallett studied the violin for 20 years with teachers of, and at, the New England Conservatory of Music.  He was a member of the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University, in 1926. He worked as a concert violinist and orchestra conductor until the age of 51 when he switched to painting, first working in watercolors, but soon changing to oils. He studied with Rosmond DeKalb and was advised by Sante Graziani, but was largely self taught. 

He was an expert in painting with a putty knife instead of brushes, and was much sought after to speak on, demonstrate and teach this technique.  He became a member of the New Hampshire Art Association in 1958 and was appointed Director of the Association two years later.  He later held several other offices with the Association, including President in 1969 and 1974.  He was also a member of the Copley Society of Boston and Academic Art Association of Springfield, Massachusetts.  He exhibited widely in New England and also had several one man shows. His work was shown with the New Hampshire exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair and at a New Hampshire State exhibition that followed.  He won numerous prizes and awards for his work.

He was mentioned in Who's Who in the East in 1964 and Wilton, Temple & Lyndeborough by Dell'Orto. Surprisingly, Hallett is not mentioned in any art reference resource.

Stanley Hallett died on 14 November 1987 in Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

Researched, written and submitted by Kevin Daniel, University of Illinois graduate student of Library and Information Science with a focus on art Cataloging.

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