Born on 9 January 1856 in London (GRO), Nora was the daughter of Dr John Locking. Nora Locking was the bridesmaid at the marriage of Mr and Mrs Stanhope FORBES in 1889, and that same year she exhibited work in the Newlyn studios.
Nora married fellow artist Alfred HARTLEY on 5 May 1896 in Hastings. Initially they lived in Dorset, but moved to St Ives in 1904 where they lived first at 4 Bellair Terrace, then at No 7. She joined the Arts Club in 1906, sold A Flower Garden and Garden at NAG in 1908, and showed an oil and watercolour sketches at the 1911 and 1913 Show Days respectively; she joined STISA in 1927. She also exhibited at the NAG Christmas Show in 1926 (no details).
For reasons connected with her husband's health, the couple moved to Llandrindod Wells in 1931. In 1938 she is recorded as living in Earl's Court. One of Nora's St Ives exhibits was a portrait of Ranee of Sarawak, who lived at Carbis Bay and attracted a circle of famous musical and literary figures, and was a keen supporter of STISA. Nora died, age 87, on 23 January 1943 in London (GRO).
Painter of flowers, figures and domestic subjects
works and access
Works include: A Flower Garden and Garden (both 1908); Old Buildings (1913); The Happy Philosopher (aka The Smiling Philosopher); A Portrait of Miss Marsland Bennett (1920); At Versailles and two titled Old St Ives (1919); Versailles (1920); Rosemary, a child study (1924)
One of her St Ives exhibits was a portrait of Ranee of Sarawak.
Paris Salon June 1923
Newlyn March 1889; 1908, December 1924, December 1926
Market Hall, Penzance Great Exhibition and Sale of Work 28 April - 5 March 1917
St Ives March 1911, March 1913, Summer Permanent Exhibition 1913, November 1913
Lanham's March 1914, Show Day March 1914, June 1917, March1919, Spring exhibition May 1919, September 1919, March Show Day 1920; works for London Galleries March 1920; works for RA Spring Exhibition April 1920, May 1920, March 1923, April 1923; New Print Society Exhibition (etchers, printers, litho & woodcuts) March 1924, Summer 1928
STISA 1932, 1934 and 1937 Touring Shows
Plymouth Art Gallery November 1917
STISA 1927- after 1942
Cornishman 28 Mar 1889, 8 Dec 1926
Cornishman and Cornish Telegraph 8 Aug 1928
St Ives Times 25 Mar 1911- 21 Mar 1924
Cook & Hardie (2000) Singing from the Walls, The Life and Art of Elizabeth Forbes
Graves RA Dictionary 1769-1904
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall 1880-1940 (under Locking pp232-3)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
NAG Sales record (repr Hardie 2009)
Tovey (2000) GF Bradshaw & STISA (Appendix 3: Principal Members of STISA (1927-1960);
(2003) Creating a Splash