John Hakewill

John Hakewill (1742–1791) was an English painter and interior decorator.


The son of William Hakewill, foreman to James Thornhill, serjeant-painter, and descended from William Hakewill the master of chancery, he was born 27 February 1742. He studied under Samuel Wale, and worked in the Duke of Richmond's gallery.[1]

In 1763 Hakewill gained a premium from the Society of Arts for a landscape drawing, and in 1764 another for a drawing from the antique in the duke's gallery. In 1771 he gained a silver palette for landscape-painting. He exhibited at the Society of Artists exhibition in Spring Gardens a portrait and a conversation piece in 1765, and a landscape in 1766. In 1769, 1772, 1773 he was again an exhibitor, chiefly of portraits.[1]

Hakewill later concentrated on house decoration. He painted decorative works at Blenheim Palace, Charlbury, Marlborough House and Northumberland House, in particular. He died 21 September 1791, of a palsy.[1]


Hakewill married in 1770 Anna Maria Cook, and left eight children surviving (from 15). Three sons, Henry, James, and George, were architects. A daughter Caroline married Charles Smith, by whom she was mother of Edward James Smith, surveyor to the ecclesiastical commissioners.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney, eds. (1890). "Hakewill, John" . Dictionary of National Biography. 24. London: Smith, Elder & Co.


  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainStephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney, eds. (1890). "Hakewill, John". Dictionary of National Biography. 24. London: Smith, Elder & Co.