Arthur Hacker RA (1858-1919)

   The London-born painter Arthur Hacker was the son of a line engraver named Edward Hacker. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1876, and under Leon Bonnat in Paris 1880-81.
   Hacker changed his style several times during his career. He visited Spain, Gibralter and Tangiers around 1881, and thereafter made further visits to North Africa and produced various works based on these more exotic locations.  After the realism phase of the early 1880s, he added a French academic style in the late 1880s, and then a variety of Pre-Raphaelite, symbolist, and simple genre figures. After the turn of the century, he turned to studies of London streets. Finally, he was a portraitist, painting various of his peers.
   Hacker exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1878, and his picture The Annunciation was bought under the terms of the Chantrey Bequest in 1892. He was elected ARA in 1894, and became a full RA in 1910. Hacker's wife Lilian Hacker also painted, and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1909-24.
   The Temptation of Sir Percival featured in the Artists' Section is located in the Leeds City Art Gallery.