1855 - 1933

Born at Stocking Pelham Rectory, near Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire on 15 July 1855, son of Revd Charles Hartley, rector of Stocking Pelham, and his wife Hannah née Welsh, who married at Camberwell in 1848. In 1861, a 5 year old scholar living at Stocking Pelham Rectory with his parents, 38 year old Charles and 40 year old Hannah, with two elder and one younger brothers. Educated at Vevey, Switzerland and studied at Royal College of Art, South Kensington and at Westminster School of Art winning several medals for his work. His parents returned to live at Elms Road, Camberwell with Charles 'without care of souls' and where in 1881, Alfred was a 25 year old student at South Kensington School of Art with younger brother Arthur a brewer. By 1891 his parents and two of their unmarried sons 39 year old John, a surgeon and 35 year old Alfred, an artist, had moved to High Street, Dunmow, Essex. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1891-1903 and an exhibitor when described as a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers and as late as 1923 he had on show an aquatint 'In the Blackmore Vale'. He married at Hastings, Sussex on 5 May 1896, Leonora [Nora] Locking (1856-1943), also an artist, and in 1901 were staying with wealthy 41 year old Annie Gurney at 18 Palace Garden Terrace, Kensington. About 1904 they moved to Cornwall, his father's birthplace, and in 1911 a 55 year old artist, etcher & painter living at 7 Bellair Terrace, St Ives with his 54 year artist wife Leonora. They joined the St Ives Arts Club in 1906 and during his time in St Ives, Hartley was known as a master in etching and coloured aquatint, and went on to develop an international reputation for print work. He also exhibited regularly in Cornwall including at the Newlyn Art Gallery in 1907 'An Essex Stream' also exhibiting at the Royal Academy 1914-1929 and the Paris Salon. He died in the East Preston district of Sussex in 1933, aged 78.

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