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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Heywood Hardy (British, 1843-1933)


Born in Chichester, Heywood Hardy, like so many artists in his day, belonged to a family of artists. His father, James Hardy (1801-1879), was a respected landscape painter. His older brother, James Hardy II (1832-1889), was a sensitive painter of horses and dogs, often in English and Scottish Highland hunting scenes. Heywood Hardy studied art at the Beaux Arts in Paris from 1864, and upon his return to England in 1868, found his services as an artist were in great demand. He was frequently commissioned to paint portraits, sporting scenes, and animal studies. He was elected to the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and he exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institute, and the Grosvenor and New Galleries.Although considered mainly a painter of hunting and sporting scenes, Hardy's talents were much more broad than that, and many of his paintings are genre (paintings that depict scenes or events from everyday life). When compared to other British artists of his day (the late Victorian era), Hardy's style appears closer to the Impressionists. This, perhaps, is not surprising, since he studied in Paris during the height of the Impressionist Movement and is bound to have been influenced by them, though he doesn't completely abandon the British School.
The meeting in the forest
Holiday time
Pony Ride on the Beach
A Chat with His Lordship
Changing Horses

Portrait of Captain F. W. Forester on Denis Auburn
The Morning Ride
Pleasant Company
A Hunting Mom
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Portrait of a lady with her collie
The Disputed Toll
The Herdsmans Greeting
Heywood Gaining health Sun
Off To The Market, 1908
A halt at the inn
Duty
Refreshments
Noonday taking a Horse to Water
The Kill
On The Road To Gretna Green
The Unwanted Chaperone
Poverty and Priviledge
The Gamekeepers Daughter
Hounds First, Gentlemen, Hounds First...
The Huntsman s Story, 1903

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