Born in Birmingham (25 October 1858 GRO), Docker studied art in Hertfordshire and France. He is mentioned as present in Newlyn in a Stanhope FORBES letter of 1886. The 1891 Census finds him resident in Newlyn, lodging at St Peters, Newlyn with the family of the widowed Mary Richards, and he had exhibited with the colony at Dowdeswells the previous year with the French title En Famille. His work Bucca's Pass, Newlyn (1891) is a painting of the street passage at Street an Nowan, Paul, near his lodgings.
By 1894 he had departed Newlyn and was living in Leamington; in 1902 he was exhibiting from an address in Pas de Calais. In 1910 he was living in Letchworth, and after this his name drops from The Year's Art lists of practising artists. He died in Bournemouth on 22 January, 1932, age 74 (GRO).
Painter of domestic subjects
works and access
Works include: En Famille (1890); Bucca's Pass, Newlyn (1891)
DOW; LI; MC; BIR; RA; RI
Dowdeswell Exhibition cat [repr in Hardie (2009)]
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History
The Year's Art