Lot 62
  • 62

Arthur Hacker, R.A. 1858-1919

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
11,875 GBP
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  • Arthur Hacker, R.A.
  • portrait of christabel cockerell, lady frampton
  • signed and dated l.r.: Arthur Hacker/ 1900; inscribed in a painted scroll u.l.: CHRISTABEL; further inscribed and dated on the reverse: Lady Frampton/ 1900
  • oil on canvas

  • 91.5 by 71 cm., 36 by 28 in.


The sitter and thence by descent to her son George Vernon Meredith Frampton, R.A., his sale London, Sotheby's, 13 November 1985, lot 180;
London, David Messum, by 1987;
Private collection


Kenneth McConkey, Edwardian Portraits - Images of an Age of Opulence, 1987, p. 159, repr. col. p. 158

Catalogue Note

The sitter for this elegant portrait was Christabel Annie Cockerell (1863-1951), cousin of the architect Sir Sydney Cockerell and wife of Hacker's good friend Sir George Frampton the sculptor, who is perhaps best known for his bronze of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. Christabel was also an artist and exhibited landscapes and studies of childhood until around 1910 when she appears to have ceased to exhibit. George and Christabel had met when they were both students at the Royal Academy Schools in 1882 and they were married in 1893, a year before the birth of their only child George Vernon Meredith.

Kenneth McConkey has described this portrait as a '...fine characterisation of the sitter [that] betrays a naturalism which was lacking even in her husband's sculpture, where her features were often translated into the Renaissance idealism of della Robbia. Here Hacker has responded to the sensitive temperament of his subject... Though shown in profile, she seems aware of the spectator's presence. She is wearing a dramatically striped dress with lace trimmings and an overskirt, taking up the vogue for eighteenth century fashions which were undergoing revival.' (Kenneth McConkey, Edwardian Portraits - Images of an Age of Opulence, 1987, p. 159)