1855 - 1933

Alfred Hartley

Alfred Hartley was born at Stocking Pelham Rectory, near Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire on 15 July and baptised on 14 August 1855, son of Revd Charles Hartley (1822-21 October 1994), rector of Stocking Pelham, and his wife Hannah Welsh (1820-1908), second daughter of John Welsh of Rye Lane, Peckham, who married at St Giles Church, Camberwell, Surrey on 27 April 1848. In 1861, Alfred was a 5-year-old scholar, living at Stocking Pelham Rectory with his parents, 38-year-old Charles and 40-year-old Hannah, with three siblings, Charles 11, born Cornwall, John 5 and Arthur 1, both born at Stocking Pelham. Alfred was educated at Vevey, Switzerland and studied at the Royal College of Art, South Kensington and at Westminster School of Art, winning several medals for his work. His parents returned to live at Elms Road, Camberwell with Charles 'without care of souls' and where in 1881, Alfred was a 25-year-old student at South Kensington School of Art with younger brother Arthur, a brewer. By 1891, his parents and two of their unmarried sons 39-year-old John, a surgeon and 35-year-old Alfred, an artist, had moved to High Street, Dunmow, Essex. Alfred was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1891-1903 and an exhibitor, when described as a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers and, as late as 1923 he had on show an aquatint 'In the Blackmore Vale'. He married at Hastings, Sussex on 5 May 1896, Leonora [Nora] Locking (1856-1943), also an artist who exhibited at the Royal Academy, and in 1901 they were staying with wealthy 41-year-old Annie Gurney, at 18 Palace Garden Terrace, Kensington. About 1904 they moved to Cornwall, his father's birthplace, and in 1911, a 55-year-old artist, etcher & painter, living at 7 Bellair Terrace, St Ives with his 54-year-old artist wife Leonora. In 1906 they joined the St Ives Arts Club and during his time in St Ives, Hartley was known as a master in etching and coloured aquatint and went on to develop an international reputation for print work. He also exhibited regularly in Cornwall including at the Newlyn Art Gallery in 1907, 'An Essex Stream' also exhibiting at the Royal Academy 1885-1931 and the Paris Salon. Alfred Hartley was of Rosslare, Llandrindod Wells, Radnorshire when he died in Worthing Hospital, Sussex on 27 October 1933, aged 78.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 3 Radnor Street, Chelsea
1885 971 A Winter Study - oil
         1623 In the Port of London - etching
from 6 Wentworth Studios, Manresa Road, Chelsea
1886 325 An Intruder
         642 The Ball-dress
1887 405 Marguerite
1888 580 A Sunny Summer's Day
         1007 Miss J. Meek
from 17 Notting Hill Road, Kensington
1893 766 Storm
         1414 Portrait Study - etching
from 14 Aubrey Walk, Campden Hill, North London
1894 1470 Study of a Head - etching
1895 1314 On the Chelmer, Essex - etching
1896 524 Evening
1897 96 A Northern River
         1074 Portrait of my Wife
from Stower Provost, Gillingham, Dorset
1903 667 Wayfarers
1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930

from Rosslare, Llandrindod, Radnorshire
1931 1322 West Window, Canterbury Cathedral - aquatint

Works by This Artist