Harry Becker

Becker was born in Colchester in 1865, youngest of seven. A talented young artist, he studied in Antwerp and Paris before returning to paint in London and Colchester. Although a fine portrait painter, exhibiting alongside Sickert, Sargent and Augustus John, he loved painting rural scenes and depicting working life in the countryside. He moved to Suffolk in 1913, living in Wenhaston and nearby villages, painting and drawing local life – often going into the fields with the labourers at dawn. His work, oils, watercolours, drawings and etchings, is full of immediacy and energy, capturing the ‘body language’ of labourers and the feeling of the landscape with minimal detail. He died in 1928.