Saint George Hare

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Saint George Hare
Self-portrait as the ancient mariner
Limerick, Ireland
London, England
Notable work
Patron(s)Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare, 6th Baronet

Saint George Hare (5 July 1857 LimerickLondon, 1933) was an Irish artist.


He was the son of George Frederick Hare, a dentist from Ipswich, and his wife, Ella, from County Wexford.[1] He was formally educated in art in Limerick School of Art, where he spent three years under the tutelage of Nicholas Brophy.[2] In 1875, he received a scholarship and moved to London to study for seven years at the National Art Training School, South Kensington.[2] He won a gold medal for his history painting "Death of William the Conqueror," which was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1886.[3] He supplemented his income from painting with teaching.

painting An English Rose by Saint George Hare
“An English Rose” by Saint George Hare

In 1891, he was a founding member of the Chelsea Arts Club. He was an elected member of both the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Sir Hugh Lane included his work in the London Guildhall exhibition of Irish painters in 1906 and his work was also exhibited regularly at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool and the Manchester City Art Gallery.[4]

He was sponsored by Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare, 6th Baronet and produced several portraits of the Hoare family. His most notable works are the aforementioned “Death of William the Conqueror” (1886), “The Victory of Faith” (1890 or 1891), “Yesterdays” (1894), and “The Gilded Cage” (1908).

Saint George Hare died in London in January 1933.

A large collection of his paintings are held by the National Trust.


  1. ^ "Chris Beetles Gallery". Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Death of Mr N A Brophy". Munster News. 29 December 1920.
  3. ^ "Biographies of 19th Century Irish Artists (H-K)". Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  4. ^ "St George Hare auction results at Whyte's Art Auctions". Whyte's. Retrieved 16 November 2020.