Portrait of Sir James Hugh Neill



Purchased with contributions from Members and Past Members to the Hall's Preservation Trust, and from the James Neill Trust, 2007.

Main Stair (catalogued at 030208)


Sir Hugh was Master Cutler in 1958 as was his father and both grandfathers.  He also held the positions of Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and High Sheriff of Hallamshire (1972).  He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (D.Univ) at Sheffield Hallam University in 1978.

For thirty years, from 1946, he headed the family’s hand tool manufacturing business, which at its height, employed 4,000 people.

 Sir Hugh is Trustee of the James Neill Trust Fund, a charity operating in Sheffield, and is involved with other local charities.


Artist - Richard Coombs, ROI

 Richard Coombs was born in Manchester, England and studied architecture at the University of Liverpool. He worked as an architect in the U.K. before moving to New York City to earn his master's degree in painting at the New York Academy of Art.  Based in New York, he divides his time between the U.S. and U.K.

Coombes was elected a full member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) in 2004. His work has been exhibited internationally at the National Portrait Gallery and Mall Galleries in London, and Gallery Henoch in New York City, among others.

(from Richard Coombs website)