James Clarke Hook(1819-1907), Landscape and history painter
Sitter in 14 portraits
Although he began his career by painting historical and literary subjects, Hook made his name with briskly worked seascapes and coastal scenes. In the 1850s, he left his London studio for Surrey, eventually building a house at Churt, near Farnham, which he christened 'Silverbeck' and which was his home from 1866 until his death. Hook and his family made themselves self-sufficient at Silverbeck, growing fruit and vegetables, raising livestock and harvesting corn which they ground in a small private watermill.