Henry Richard Hope-Pinker
Other names: Henry Pinker
Died 3 August 1927 (Presumed)
Active: 1875 - 1927
Country of birth and death: England
Born Peckham, Surrey. His father was Henry Pinker (born c1827), a stonemason and builder employing 5 or 6 men c.1871 in Hove, Sussex. Professor Thomas Okey in Henry Hope-Pinker's obituary describes the father as a 'master mason' from Brighton. This text also suggests Henry Hope-Pinker learnt much of his craft in his father's workshop, although he also attended the Royal Academy Schools (c.1871). Hope-Pinker typically carved without a model from drawings.
The bulk of his work was portrait sculpture and John Hunter, Francis Darwin, Jowett, Martineau, Dean Liddell, Henry Acland and Friar Bacon were among his subjects. Hope-Pinker also created a number of monuments including a statue of Queen Victoria at George Town Demerara, Henry Fawcett in Salisbury market place and Lord Reay in India.
He is said to have been a man of simple habits and a committed Unitarian. The author of his obituary says he died almost 'chisel in hand' having been at work on his wife's funerary monument shortly before his death.
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Exhibitions, Meetings, Awards and other Events
Exhibited at Second Exhibition of The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers (London), 1899
'Fame, or the Spirit of Manhood'
Exhibited at Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society: Sixth Exhibition, 1899
'The Knight 'Trueheart''
Exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (Summer Exhibition), 1768-
1875 - 1924
Exhibited 30 times, fifty-three works, all portraits
Exhibited at Liverpool autumn exhibition of modern pictures: the ninth (Liverpool), 1879
Posthumous Bust of the late Viscount Gage (cat. no. 1339, not for sale).
Exhibited at Autumn exhibition of modern pictures in oil and water-colours: the twenty-seventh (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), 1897
The Rev. James Martineau, DD (cat. no. 1282, bust, not for sale).
Exhibited at Autumn exhibition of modern pictures in oil and water-colours: the thirty-first (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), 1901
The late Sir Joseph Prestwich, FRS. Professor of Geology, University of Oxford (cat. no. 1525, marble bust, not for sale); Rev. Charles Beard (cat. no. 1526, marble bust, not for sale); A Nation's Sword of Honour (cat. no. 1566, bronzed plaster, not for sale). Presume also: Portrait (cat. no. 1567, bust, coloured plaster, not for sale); Cherub's Head (cat. no. 1568, clay, not for sale).
Speaker at The Influence of Mathematics on Sculpture (Art Workers Guild), 1912
Speaker listed simply as 'Pinker': but most likely to be Hope-Pinker.
Speaker at Realism in Art (Art Workers Guild), 1913
Speaker at Stone-carving (Art Workers Guild), 1915
Speaker at Alehouse Signs (Art Workers Guild), 1916
Speaker at Craft Universities (Art Workers Guild), 1917
Speaker at Jewellery for Use (Art Workers Guild), 1917
Speaker at Chinese Bronzes (Art Workers Guild), 1921
Speaker at Piranesi (Art Workers Guild), 1925
Took part in Armature in Sculpture (Art Workers Guild), 1907
Institutional and Business Connections
Donor to Art Workers Guild
Gave a bust he had made of John Sedding
Master of Art Workers Guild
Member of Art Workers Guild
1885 - 1927
Committee member 1887-1889 and 1902-1904, master in 1915.
Member of Royal Society of British Sculptors
1905 - December 1918
Amongst those 'Invited to join without the formality of proposal and seconding' [January 10 1905, Royal Society of British Sculptors, Minutes of Council Meetings, Vol.I].
Unsuccessful in ballot for election to Royal Academy of Arts
Personal and Professional Connections
Nominated by Henry Hugh Armstead
14 February 1899
For RA; unsuccessful.
Portrayed in portrait by George Spencer Watson
Given by artist to AWG to add to collection of portraits of Guild Past-Masters.
Seconded by George James Frampton
14 February 1899
For RA; unsuccessful.
Descriptions of Practice
Listed under Sculptors Post Office London Directory, 1900 Post Office/Kelly London Directories
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871
'Student at the Royal Academy'
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881
Contributed to Art Workers Guild Annual Reports, 1913-1933
His 'Address made to the Art Workers' Guild', 14 January 1916, reproduced pp.5-6.
Art Workers Guild Annual Reports, 1885-1900
1887, p.5; 1891, p.7; 1895, p.21; 1900, p.29.
Art Workers Guild Annual Reports, 1901-1912
1901, p.22; 1907, p.4; 1912, p.5, p.23.
Art Workers Guild Annual Reports, 1913-1933
1913, p.14; 1914, p.10; 1915, pp.5-6, p.16; 1917, pp.7-9; 1921, p.5; 1923, p.24; 1924, p.31; 1925, p.4; 1926, p.4, p.30, p.7; 1927, p.3, p.10.
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871
Class: RG10; Piece: 1091; Folio: 87; Page: 1; GSU roll: 827503
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881
Class: RG11; Piece: 65; Folio: 4; Page: 5; Line: ; GSU roll: 1341014
Royal Academy of Arts Nominations for Associateship, 1866-1906
See entries for 1899.
Royal Society of British Sculptors. Minutes of Council Meetings No. 1, 1905-1913
19 May 1913
10 January 1905
Royal Society of British Sculptors. Minutes of Council Meetings No. 2, 1913-1922
17 December 1918
The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985
The Times, Aug 06, 1927; pg. 12; Issue 44653; col B Mr. Hope-Pinker. Sculptor And Craftsman Professor Thomas Okay. Category: Obituaries (accessed 27 July 2010)
Citing this record
'Henry Richard Hope-Pinker', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib2_1203021577, accessed 31 Aug 2015]