William Lee-Hankey

William Lee-Hankey was born in Chester and after leaving school worked as a designer.

He studied art in the evenings at Chester School of Art, under Walter Schroeder and then later in Paris, under John Sparkes.

Working mainly in oils, William’s subjects included landscapes, coastal scenes, figures and portraits. He was also an etcher and illustrator.

In 1904, William spent long periods of time painting in France. He had a house built in Le Touquet and a studio in Etaples, France.


  • 1894 Began exhibiting in London
  • 1896 Elected member of RBA and RMS
  • 1899 Elected member of the RI
  • 1902-04 President of London Sketch Club
  • 1904 First solo exhibition in Leicester Galleries, London
  • 1908 Elected member of ROI
  • 1914-19 Served in the Artists’ Rifles
  • 1936 Elected member of the RWS
  • 1947-50 Acting Vice-President of the RWS