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Heywood Hardy was a painter and etcher of animals, portraits, genre and
sporting subjects. He was born in Chichester, on 25th November
1842, son of the artist James Hardy, Sr (1801-79) and younger brother
of James Hardy Jr (1832-89).
Hardy left home at the age of 17, and attempted to earn a living by
painting animal pictures. He did this successfully, and, after a
short time with the 7th Somerset Volunteers, he borrowed some money
from his brother and traveled to Paris. In 1864 he entered the
Ecole des Beaux Arts to study under the battle artist, Pielse.
returned to England in 1868 and found he was in great demand. He
was often invited to country estates to paint portraits, sporting
pictures and animal studies. Hardy continued to enjoy commissions
for portraits, animal studies and hunting scenes, but he decided to
concentrate on painting genre subjects. In addition, he provided
illustrations for magazines such as the Illustrated London News, and The Graphic, as well as producing etchings of his work.
In 1870 Hardy and his family moved to St John's Wood, London - an
area then popular with artists. During this period his career
flourished and he was elected a member of a number of societies
including The Royal Society of Painters and Etchers, The Royal
Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
1909 Hardy moved to West Sussex and at the age of 83, he painted the
first in a series of eight panels depicting Biblical scenes for the
chancel of Clymping Church, to mark its 700th anniversary in
1925. At the time, these panels caused considerable controversy
as they depicted Christ walking on the Sussex Downs and local farmland,
amidst modern figures, said to be residents from nearby villages.
Exhibited: Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street (1863 to 1871)
Royal Academy (46 paintings between 1864 and 1919)
The British Institute
The Old Watercolour Society.
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