Ralph Hedley was a Newcastle genre painter. Born in Richmond, Yorkshire, he studied at Newcastle Art School and attended classes at the Life School under William Bell Scott.
He was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) & the Vice President of the South Shields Art Club. He became President of Bewick Club & the Northmbrian Art Institute & designed the chancel of The Cathedral Church of St Nicholas.
Hedley exhibited at RA from 1879. The subjects of his pictures are usually scenes of the working life of ordinary people in his native northeast. His work can be seen in Laing Gallery, Newcastle & provides a valuable record of everyday life in Tyneside in the late 19th & early 20th centuries.
Exhibited works include
B 2 Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham
L 11 Walker Gallery, Liverpool
M 2 Manchester City Art Gallery
RA 51 Royal Academy
RBA 30 Royal Society of British Artists
RSA 5 Royal Scottish Academy
RI 10 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour