1852 - 1952
Born in Chester, William Lee-Hankey worked as a designer after leaving school. He studied art in the evenings at Chester School of Art, under Walter Schroeder and later in Paris under John Sparkes, then at the Royal College of Art. Working mainly in oils, William’s subjects included landscapes, coastal scenes, figures and portraits. He was also an etcher and illustrator.
In 1904, William spent long periods painting in France having had a house built in Le Touquet and a studio in Etaples, France.
In Britain he had been associated with the Newlyn School, a group of English artists based in the titular village in Cornwall who were themselves influenced by the romantic poets such as Wordsworth and Keats.
1894 Began exhibiting in London
1896 Elected member of RBA and RMS
1899 Elected member of the RI
1902-04 President of London Sketch Club
1904 First solo exhibition in Leicester Galleries, London
1908 Elected member of ROI
1914-19 Served in the Artists’ Rifles
1936 Elected member of the RWS
1947-50 Acting Vice-President of the RWS
William’s work is represented in collections throughout the world.
Literature: ` The Etched Works of W. Lee-Hankey RE from 1904-1920` Martin Hardie, L.H. Lefevre & Son, London, 1921
`An English Impressionist`, Anthony J. Lester, Antique Dealer and Collector`s Guide, Vol. 42, Pt.11, June 1989.