Arthur Hacker was an English classicist painter. Born in London on 25th September in 1858, the son of Edward Hacker, a line engraver specialising in animal and sporting prints (and official Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages for Kentish Town, St. Pancras, north London).
Arthur Hacker studied at the Royal Academy from 1867-1880 and at the Atelier Bonnat in Paris. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, in 1878 and 1910, when he was also elected an Academician. He was greatly influenced by his travels through Spain and North Africa and mosly known for his portraiture and religious works.
Hacker died in London 74 years ago, on 12th November, 1919.
- I love a good Arthurian picture and this cracker Hacker (above) is The Temptation of Sir Percival (1894 oil on canvas) located at Leeds City Art Gallery.
- And, if you happen to be in Liverpool, look out for another cracker Hacker, Pelagia and Philammon, at the Walker Art Gallery.
So let me know if you are a Hacker backer!