Richard Jack

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Richard Jack
BornRichard Jack
(1866-02-15)15 February 1866
Sunderland, County Durham, United Kingdom
Died29 June 1952(1952-06-29) (aged 86)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
EducationYork School of Art, Royal College of Art, Académie Julian, Académie Colarossi
Known forPainting
MovementBritish Impressionism
Awards1886 National Scholarship to the Royal College of Art
1888 Royal College of Art gold medal

Richard Jack RA (15 February 1866 – 29 June 1952) was a painter of portraits, figure subjects, interiors and landscapes, and prominent war artist for Canada.


Jack was born 15 February 1866 in Sunderland, County Durham, United Kingdom. [1] He studied at York School of Art before winning a national scholarship to the Royal College of Art in 1886. There he won a gold medal and in 1888 a travelling scholarship to the Académie Julian. On his return to London in the early 1890s, he worked for a time on the staff of The Idler and for Cassell's Magazine as a black-and-white artist. He was awarded a silver medal at the 1900 Paris International Exhibition and at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh in 1914.

In 1916, he accepted a commission in the Canadian Army to paint for the Canadian War Records Office, becoming Canada's first official war artist. Two large paintings were commissioned by Lord Beaverbrook: The Second Battle of Ypres, 22 April to 25 May 1915, and The Taking of Vimy Ridge, Easter Monday 1917. Both paintings are currently on permanent display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario. [2]

A portrait of King George V, commissioned by the Metropolitan Borough of Fulham, was later bought by the monarch himself.[citation needed] He subsequently painted portraits of Queen Mary, King Alphonso of Spain, and various interiors at Buckingham Palace.[citation needed] Jack immigrated to Canada in 1938, where he painted landscapes as well as portraits.[3]

A painting by him of composer Colin McAlpin is in the collection of the Leicester Arts and Museums Service.[4]


  1. ^ "Richard Jack Memorial". Canada, Find A Grave Index. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Land Battles". Canadian War Museum. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Mr. Richard Jack." Times [London, England] 2 July 1952: 8. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 26 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Colin McAlpin (1870–1942)". ArtUK. Retrieved 12 September 2016.

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