First name(s)
Harry William Owen
Position(s) held at King's College London
  • Lecturer in Geometrical, Engineering and Architectural Drawing (1877-1881)

Education & professional details

School, college and/or university attended
  • University of London.
  • BA (1877)
Position(s) held (non King's College London)
  • Drawing Master at Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berks. (1883 -1915).
Professional activities
  • President of the Art Society Wellington College.

Personal details

Date of birth Ref: *1
Place of birth Ref: *1
Chelsea, London
Date of death Ref: *2
12th May 1919
Place of death Ref: *2
Hampstead, London.
Obituary Ref: *4

Mr Hagreen, a familiar friend to generations of Wellington boys gave his unselfish and devoted service to the life of the school. He felt that no man's work could be spared, even in his retirement, himself he spared least of all. Whether in the activities of a vast government department or in the more human but no less exacting associations of a club for wounded soldiers his genial courtesy, his great gifts, his unobtruded sympathy were, as they had always been, at the service of others.

Family details Ref: *3

 Married Emma Susannah Eardley on 8th January 1889 at St. Thomas's Church, Upper Clapton, London. Son Henry Philip Alban Hagreen born 1890. Day Boy Wellington College, Lieut. WW1, Married Aileen Mary Clegg 1918, one son and two daughters.

Notes Ref: *2

  • The Hagreen family lived at Bishop's Palace in Wellington College.
  • A tribute to Mr Hagreen upon his retirement from Wellington College in 1915 at the age of 60. " The invisible guillotine which descends on all Masters at the age of sixty has taken from our midst Mr. Hagreen, who for twenty-two years as Drawing Master, gave to us the best of his life. His personality was attractive, he was modest, courteous and unselfish. He never bore any one a grudge. He was probably the best informed man on the staff, and it was always pleasant to sit by him at table, for he never talked shop, while: his knowledge of art and of Victorian literature, combined with a, keen sense of humour made him a most pleasant companion. His influence on the School was in no way confined to the teaching of drawing president of the Art Society, and a vigorous supporter of the Natural Science Society, he not only lectured, but was largely instrumental in giving us those Exhibitions which cost him so much labour and gave us so much pleasure, The better pictures which now adorn our class room walls were mainly of his choosing. He may therefore feel in his retirement, that he leaves behind him permanent memorials of his work, for which to come will thank him.

* References

  1. Family Search March 1857 Chelsea 1a 162
  2. Wellington College Archives
  3. The Times; Wellington College Archives
  4. From Mortui, Wellington Year Book (1919)
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