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 Harry Otto Becker  (1865 - 1928)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: Portrait, figure, rural genre painting

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Harry Otto Becker (1865-1928)

Born at 8 Eld Lane, Colchester, Essex in 1865, youngest of four sons of the five children of Dr Charles Otto G Becker, a doctor of medicine, and his wife Henrietta who, with their eldest son 15 year old Charles Becker, were born in Germany and naturalized English.  Harry studied at the Royal Academy Schools in Antwerp and after 1884 finished his training in the studio of Carolus Duran, a portrait painter, in Paris.  He then returned to East Bergholt, Suffolk and from 1886 until 1894 Becker lived at the Minories, Colchester after which he moved to London where he had a studio until 1913 during which time he made various trips to East Anglia, Kent and Holland. 

He was a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club form 1890.  He exhibited at the Alpine Club Gallery, Birmingham Royal Society of Artists, Beaux Art Gallery, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Coupil Gallery, Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, London Salon, Manchester City Art Gallery, New Gallery, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Redfern Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour and the Royal Scottish Academy, his exhibits at the Royal Academy included Sixty Miles to London 1889 and A Clover Field-Evening 1897.  He married in 1902, Georgina Mary Waddington, a 35 year old artist when living at 71 Dieppe Road, Fulham and from 1913 they lived at Wenhaston, Suffolk.  About 1926 they moved to Hinton, Darsham, Suffolk where he remained until his death in 1928.  They were in very poor circumstances, relying on Georgina’s small income from her position teaching art at a local school.  Harry produced a series of posters for London Underground and his work was obsessive producing thousands of drawings in pencil, charcoal, red chalk, or pen and ink.  He died at Ipswich in 1928, aged 62 and his wife died in 1957, aged 81.

Information provided by Tony Copsey, author and researcher of artists in Suffolk County, England.

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