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The Portraits of Mr and Mrs Hacker

This pair of portraits hung at Linley Wood, Talke, Staffordshire, from the early 1800s until 1949.

In 1925 on a list made up by Maj Gen Frederick Crofton Heath-Caldwell, these portraits were recorded as hanging in the dining room as follows:

"Mr Hacker son of Col Hacker who commanded the guard at the execution of King Charles I."

"Mrs Hacker wife of Mr Hacker and daughter of Mr Crompton of Chorley Hall Lancs.  Great Aunt to Elizabeth Caldwell"

Both pictures are noted as being 42.5 inches high and 35 inches wide on the outside of the frame.  34.5 inches high and 25 inches wide on the inside of the frame.  The frames are noted as being made of carved gilt wood and possibly of a later period than the frames.  Mr Hacker is shown in a full bottomed wig of the Restoration Period.

Mr Hacker's father, Col Francis Hacker, was executed at Tyburn in 1660.  Col Hacker's son, Samuel Hacker (16??-1724) was the second husband of Elizabeth Hacker (nee Crompton, 1671?-1757).  She was the daughter of Abraham Crompton (?-1724).  Elizabeth's first husband was Henry Coape (?-1707).  Elizabeth had four children; Henry Coape (1703-1778), Abraham Coape, Samuel Coape and Hannah HackerElizabeth Caldwell (nee Stamford, 1755-1831) received an inheritance from her mother's cousin Henry Coape of Duffield.  Presumably the portraits of Mr & Mrs Hacker were part of this inheritance.

In 1949 the Linley Wood estate was sold along with most of the contents.  It would appear that these portraits were sold or given away around this time.