Richard JACK

Richard JACK RA, RI, RP

The St Ives Times described him as the Canadian Government War Artist, well-known in the town.  Born 15 February 1866 in Sunderland, he studied at York School of Art, winning a National Scholarship to the RCA in 1886 and a Travelling Scholarship  in 1888.  He studied in Paris at the Académie Julian and Atelier Colarossi under Bouguereau and Robert-Fleury.

On his return to London in the early 1890s, he worked for a time on the staff at The Idler and for Cassell's as a black-and-white artist. He exhibited at the RA from 1893, also at the New Gallery and abroad, being awarded a Silver Medal at the Paris International Exhibition in 1900, and at Pittsburgh in 1914. He painted portraits of King George V and Queen Mary at Windsor, and interiors of Buckingham Palace. From about 1930 he worked in Canada, where he painted landscapes as well as portraits, dying in Montreal on June 29th 1952.


Painter of portraits, figure subjects, interiors and landscapes

works and access

Works include: Rehearsal with Nikisch (1912)

Access to work: The Tate (Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1912, Tate London 2002); Laing Art Gallery; Shipley Art Gallery


RA 1893 onwards, also at the New Gallery and abroad

Paris International Exhibition 1900 (awarded a Silver Medal)

Pittsburgh 1914; 

RP 1899

ARA 1914

RA 1920

RI 1917



ARA 1914

RA 1920

RI 1917


St Ives Times 6 Oct 1916

Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Chantrey Bequest: Tate On-line

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p312)

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

Magazine of Art 1904 (pp 105-11)

Who's Who

Wood (1995) Victorian Painters (bibl)