Until recently published birth and death dates for J.H. Hooper were mostly inaccurate. Our research, through census, birth and death records, has established that he was born in Manchester during the first quarter of 1852 and died sometime in the last quarter of 1906, his death registered in the London borough of Brentford. He married a Jane Slater in Liverpool on August 11th 1873 and listed his occupation at that time as ‘artist’. It seems that sometime between his marriage in 1873 and his debut exhibit at the Suffolk Street premises of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1877 he had moved his family south and settled in the London area. His exhibited paintings at this time depict views of various southern locations such as Mapledurham, Pangbourne and Sonning on the River Thames. His work was extremely well executed, tightly detailed with a tremendous sense of light that bathes his work. In the 1881 census he is recorded as living at 87, St. John’s Wood Terrace, a wealthy area of London testament perhaps to his growing success as an artist. His debut at the Royal Academy came in 1885, a venue where he would continue to show until 1899. It appears that he must have worked mostly on direct commission as he produced a tremendous volume of work yet exhibited few. The census last record that can be found is from 1901 when we find him living at 87, St. John’s Terrace with his wife Jane and sons Edward George (26), John Woodman (24) and Arthur Horace (23). None of his children are listed as artists but his eldest has Picture Restorer as his occupation.