London 1813 – 1897 Zevenaar
Abraham Hulk, son of a Dutch merchant and an English mother, was born in London. After the Hulk familiy returned to The Netherlands, In Amsterdam, he enroled at the Art Academy, where he became a pupil of portrait painter Jean Augustin Daiwaille (1786-1850). After he finished his education, Hulk initially went back to London. In 1833 however, he decided to try his luck as a portrait painter in America. Hulk went on a two month boat trip to Boston and later visited New York and Albany. Eventually he returned back to The Netherlands. Apparently the long journey at sea made a great impression on him, as back home he decided to become a marine painter. As such, he built a respectable career, both in the Netherlands and in the United kingdom.
Abraham Hulk had three sons who became artists as well: Hendrik Hulk (1842-1937), Abraham Hulk jr. (1843-1919) and Willem Frederik Hulk (1852-1882/1902)