Lot 4: Mrs R.E. Hoare
Victorian and Traditionalist Pictures
June 5, 2008
London, United Kingdom
Arthur Hacker, R.A. (1858-1919)
Mrs R.E. Hoare
signed and dated 'Arthur Hacker 1889' (lower left)
oil on canvas
50 x 73.1.2 in. (127 x 188 cm.)
In 1912, looking back over Arthur Hacker's career, Alfred Lys Baldry declared that as a portrait painter, he was 'a man of very definite mark' with 'a strong appreciation of character' and 'a sense of elegant arrangement'.
While older painters had a stake in the revival, Hacker's main competitors were young artists of his own generation such as James Jebusa Shannon and William Llewellyn, showing alongside him.
Mrs Hoare was the wife of a scion of the Hoare banking dynasty - her illustrious name stretches back to the seventeenth century when Hoare's bank was first established.
Despite the success of Mrs RE Hoare, the ever-versatile Hacker would not be type-cast. He returned to the Bible with Christ and the Magdalen (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool) in 1891, and the following year his reputation was assured with the purchase of The Annunciation, 1892 (Tate Britain) by the Chantrey Bequest. Other major Academy-pieces went to Bradford and Leeds art galleries during the nineties, and he was represented in major international exhibitions.
We are grateful to Professor Kenneth McConkey for providing the above catalogue entry.
Removed from Hoare's Bank, The Strand.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 20 October 1998, lot 103, were bought by the present owner.
Artist or Maker: Hacker, Arthur (1858-1919)