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James Clarke Hook

11 of 29 portraits by Charles Hutton Lear

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

James Clarke Hook

by Charles Hutton Lear
1 3/4 in. x 2 1/8 in. (44 mm x 54 mm)
NPG 1456(13)

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Inscribed (bottom right): Hook

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This drawing was done in the life school of the Royal Academy, where Lear was a student, and was sent by him to his parents with an undated letter (copy in NPG archives): 'No.6 is Hook, the student - who I think will get the Gold Medal this year; he is rather clever.' Other sketches sent with this letter are dated October and November 1845, which dates this one fairly exactly. Hook won the gold medal for painting in 1845 with his 'Finding the Body of Harold'.

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The artist, bequeathed by John Elliot, and presented by him, 1907.

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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