William Lee-Hankey

Artist: Lee-Hankey, William

William Lee-Hankey
William Lee-Hankey

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William Lee-Hankey (1869–1952) was a British painter and book illustrator. He specialised in landscapes, character studies and portraits of pastoral life, particularly in studies of mothers with young children.

He was born in Chester and worked as a designer after leaving school. He studied art in the evenings at the Chester School of Art (now the Department of Art and Design at University of Chester), then at the Royal College of Art. Later in Paris he became influenced by the work of Jules Bastien-Lepage, who also favoured rustic scenes depicted in a realistic but sentimental style.

He stayed in France in the early 1900s, painting many of his works in Brittany and Normandy, where he depicted a peasant lifestyle which was already disappearing in England. From 1904 until well after World War I he maintained a studio at the Etaples art colony.

In 1896, Hankey married fellow artist Mabel Emily Hobson (thereafter commonly known as Mabel Lee-Hankey or Mabel Emily Hankey). Their marriage lasted 21 years. Lee-Hankey then married Edith Mary Garner.

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William Hankey painted in several places in France. Here are the places he painted in (links “” to his works will appear below when published):

  • Bourgogne-Franche-Comte (Burgundy)
  • Brittany
  • Hauts-de-France
    • Abbeville
    • Boulogne
    • Etaples
    • samer
  • Normandy
  • Nouvelle-Aquitaine
    • La Rochelle
  • Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur
    • Avignon
    • Cannes
    • Frejus
    • Grasse
    • Menton
    • Saint-Tropez
    • Saint-Raphael

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