East London Group

Archibald Hattemore: 09/06/1890 to 12/07/1949

Archibald was born in Bethnal Green, one of four sons for Frederick and Rebecca Hattemore. Little is known of Arch’s childhood but in the census in 1911 he is described as a tea dealer whilst his father and brothers are described as wood carvers. At some point thereafter it appears as if his father and brother Sidney set up a shoe repair business in Wick Road in Bethnal Green and when Arch enlisted in April 1915 he described himself as a boot repair man. He joined 172 Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, also known as the West Ham Brigade. Arch served on the Western Front with his Brigade continually from November 1915 until September 1918 when got home leave but he returned to active service thereafter and was demobilised in June 1919. In 1918 Arch’s background caught up with him when he was appointed Brigade shoe maker!

In 1920 Arch married Ada Luscombe and in due course they had three daughters. Arch found work as a navvy for the Metropolitan Water Board and his long-standing interest in painting and drawing brought him to the Bethnal Green Men’s Institute art classes under the tutelage of John Cooper who encouraged him to enter a piece called “Interior” for the New English Art Club exhibition in 1926 where it was bought by Sir Joseph Duveen. At the East London Art Club exhibition at the Whitechapel in 1928 Arch contributed a very impressive 14 pictures out of the total of 184: his most impressive piece being “The Dead Flamingo” which was one of two of his paintings to be shown at the small Group exhibition at the National Gallery, Millbank in early 1929 where it was subsequently acquired for the national collection and it resides at the Astley Cheetham gallery in Tameside along with Arch’s “Interior”.

Arch exhibited at the first four East London Group exhibitions at Alex. Reid and Lefevre from 1929 to 1932. A change in employment as a flooring estimator for fellow Group member and Chairman, Murroe Fitzgerald’s Acme Flooring Company meant that the time that Arch could dedicate to his painting dwindled to nought as he was often working late into the evenings and week-ends. In later life he was to regret the fact that he hadn’t continued to exhibit, despite the fact that he did return to painting.

Driver Hattemore. London Artillery Regiment

"Driver" Hattemore during WW1 whilst he was serving with172 Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, also known as the West Ham Brigade

Archibald (r) and Sidney Hattemore, 1914

Archibal Hattemore (right) with his brother Sidney outside the family's cobbler's shop in Wick Road, Bethnal Green just before WW1