Arthur Hacker (1858-1919), Painter
Sitter in 5 portraits
The son of an engraver, Arthur Hacker studied at the Royal Academy between 1867 and 1880, and at the Atelier Bonnat in Paris. He began exhibiting at the Royal Academy at the age of twenty, soon attracting public notice. In the early 1880s he visited Paris, Spain, and north Africa, the latter providing the setting for his painting Pelagia and Philammon, exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery, London, in 1887. He became an associate of the Royal Academy in 1893 and a full member in 1910. Towards the end of his career, he turned to society portraiture, as the British public's taste for his female nudes and intense religious subjects had waned.