Harry Becker (1865-1928) is not well known outside East Anglia but he is much admired both for a skilled grasp of Impressionism and his choice of subject matter.
The Colchester-born artist followed the conventional path of a professional artist, achieving significant success and exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy. But a growing disenchantment with London led to his ultimate departure in 1913 to Suffolk. His work has always been admired in Suffolk - often cited as the inspiration for rural scenes. After his death his work was shown at the Aldeburgh (art) Festival in 1957 and also at Ipswich Borough Council exhibitions. Sometimes his work is called sweet - at other times it is admired for showing the reality of rural life.