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Small Harbour with Boats
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: University of Liverpool

Small Harbour with Boats

William Hoggatt (1879–1961)

University of Liverpool

Painter, mainly of landscapes of the Isle of Man. He was born in Lancaster, of a Cumbrian father and Scottish mother, won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art which he did not take up, but became apprenticed to a local stained glass makers, continuing his studies at the school of art in Lancaster’s Storey Institute. Aided by one of the Storeys, Hoggatt studied at the Académie Julian in Paris, 1901–5. While working on a commission at the Tate Gallery he came to know his future wife, Dazine, sister of Leonard Archer who managed the pianist Paderewski, then travelled to Isle of Man to inspect his future home. Hoggatt liked the light and landscape and decided to stay, living at Port St Mary until 1925, then at The Darragh, Port Erin, which became one of the island’s intellectual centres.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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