Arthur Hacker

British, 1858 - 1919

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A Bacchante  by Arthur Hacker
A Bacchante
A Difficulty  by Arthur Hacker
A Difficulty
A Female Nude at her toilet  by Arthur Hacker
A Female Nude at her toilet
A Heavy Burden  by Arthur Hacker
A Heavy Burden
A quiet cove, girl canoeing   by Arthur Hacker
A quiet cove, girl canoeing
A skyphos, a kylix, a wine jug, and an Egyptian...  by Arthur Hacker
A skyphos, a kylix, a wine jug, and an Egyptian...
A woodcutter and his daughter  by Arthur Hacker
A woodcutter and his daughter
'And there was a great cry in Egypt'  by Arthur Hacker
'And there was a great cry in Egypt'
Autumn  by Arthur Hacker
Autumn
Cat and mouse   by Arthur Hacker
Cat and mouse
Circe  by Arthur Hacker
Circe
Contemplation   by Arthur Hacker
Contemplation
Daphne  by Arthur Hacker
Daphne
Fire Fancies  by Arthur Hacker
Fire Fancies
Imprisoned Spring   by Arthur Hacker
Imprisoned Spring
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BIOGRAPHY

Arthur Hacker was born in London, the son of Edward Hacker, the line engraver. He went to the RA Schools before studying in Paris under Leon Bonnat, who was internationally famous as a portrait painter and a lifelong friend of Degas. Bonnat was the ideal teacher for Hacker who became a fashionable portrait painter himself.

His early work consisted of genre and historical scenes, such as The Waters of Babylon and The Annunciation which was brought by the Chantrey Bequest in 1892. As an indirect result of the success of this painting he was elected an associate of the RA and soon after began teaching at the Academy, when he partially abandoned subject painting in favour of portraiture, in which he achieved considerable success. He was elected an Academician in 1910 and began to paint a series of London street scenes, including A Wet Night in Piccadilly Circus, which met with mixed reception from the critics who were not prepared for a painting of this nature, which was far more modern in its treatment that anything else Hacker had produced. In his later years he returned to painting mythological and allegorical subjects. He died on Wednesday, 12 November 1919 in London, where he had resided all his life, and was buried at Brookwood Cemetery near Woking, Surrey.

(Source: Adrian Vincent, A Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Artists)

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Contemporary Articles
'Arthur Hacker ARA', Marion Hepworth Dixon, The Lady's Realm, 1902

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Burial at Brookwood
The inscription underneath the bronze plaque on Arthur Hacker's gravestone (see the photos opposite) reads:

IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
ARTHUR HACKER
R.A.
BORN 25 SEP 1858
DIED 12 NOV 1919


PEACE PEACE
HE IS NOT DEAD
HE DOTH NOT SLEEP
HE HATH AWAKENED FROM
THE DREAM OF LIFE

The quotation Peace Peace... is taken from Percy Bysshe Shelley's Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats.

A letter written by Arthur Hacker to a Miss Kelly, dated 18 May 1899, in which Hacker agrees to act as judge at an art exhibition
A letter written by Arthur Hacker to a Miss Kelly, dated 18 May 1899, in which Hacker agrees to act as judge at an art exhibition

Bronze Portrait Relief on Athur Hacker's gravestone at Brookwood Cemetery, nr London
Bronze Portrait Relief on Athur Hacker's gravestone at Brookwood Cemetery, nr London

Arthur Hacker's grave at Brookwood Cemetery
Arthur Hacker's grave at Brookwood Cemetery

Arthur Hacker's grave at Brookwood Cemetery
Arthur Hacker's grave at Brookwood Cemetery

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