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Life Of James Clarke Hook, R.A. By His Son Allan James Hook Part I - 1819-1860 (Part II - 1861-1877; Part III - 1878-1907)

Allan James Hook

RA Collection: Book

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(Frome and London): Printed For Private Circulation, 1929 (- 1932).

Physical Description

3 vols.; 192 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: xi, [1], 127, [1] p. - Vol. II: [xiii]-xvii, [1], 128-227 p., frontis. (port.). - Vol.III: [xix]-xxiii, [1], 228-302, xxv-xli p., frontis. (port.), [1] pl. - In each volume the half-title is preceded by a presentation leaf not numbered in the pagination, which reads 'Life Of James Clarke Hook, R.A. (Part I (-III)) By Allan J. Hook With The Author's Compliments (Copyright Reserved)'.


Vol. I: [Half-t., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - [Text]; [tipped-in note of a correction]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Contents - [Text]. - Vol. III: [Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Contents - [Text, and one plate]; Correction ... - Appendix A(-D).

Responsibility Note

The printer is named on the versos of the title pages: 'Printed in Great Britain by Butler & Tanner Ltd., Frome and London'.

The work is dedicated by the author to the memory of his mother [Mrs. Rosalie Hook].


R. Hook, Woman Behind the Painter The Diaries of Rosalie, Mrs James Clarke Hook, ed. J. McMaster (2006); R. Spencer, 'Whistler and James Clarke Hook', in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 6th ser., 104 (1984), p.45-8; D. Bethel, James Clarke Hook, R.A. [dissertation, Courtauld Inst., Univy. London] (1975); F.G. Stephens, 'J.C. Hook, R.A.: his life and work', in Art Annual (1888), p.1-32.

Summary Note

The publication-dates of the three volumes are given on their title pages as 1929, 1932 and 1932.

The work is a memoir of the painter J.C. Hook, R.A.; who began his career by painting Venetian historical subjects but afterwards specialised in paintings of British rural and coastal life.

The frontispiece of Volume II shows 'James Clarke Hook, R.A. From the Portrait by Millais'; that of Volume III shows a family group 'At Silverbeck 7th May 1882. Photographed by A.J. Hook'. The plate in Volume III is an 'Approximate Facsimile Of The Signature' of Andrew Hooke.


Volume I was presented by the author in 1929 and volumes II & III in 1933.

Binding Note

20th-century blue cloth, upper covers lettered 'James Clarke Hook, R.A.' and gilt-stamped with the artist's monogram; spines lettered 'James Clarke Hook, R.A. Part I (-III)'.

Name as Subject


Painters - Artists - Painting - Great Britain - History - 19th century - 20th century
Biography - Art history - Great Britain - 20th century


Sir John Everett Millais Bt. PRA, source artist
Allan James Hook, source artist, donor
Mrs. Rosalie Hook, dedicatee
Butler and Tanner, printer

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