JAMES HARDY, JNR. RI ROI NWS
1832 - 1889
Title: "Faithful Friends"
Date: circa 1885
Size: Height 32 inches Width 45 inches (framed)
Admired and sought after, this artist's work epitomises the best of English Victorian sporting painting. James Hardy, Jnr. was the son of James Hardy, a landscape painter and brother of Heywood Hardy (1843-1933), who specialised in hunting scenes, coaching and rustic genre.
James Hardy was born in Bristol in 1832 and later moved residence to London where his address was Thyra House, Moss Hall, North Finchley in 1880. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1862 to 1886 with titles including: "Gillie on the Lookout", 1871; "Hill Man with Deer Hounds", 1873; "The English Game-keeper", 1874; "Waiting to Collect the Game", 1875; etc. He also exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Arthur Tooth & Sons Gallery, Royal Society of British Artists, New Watercolour Society. Recognition of his work was soon to follow being elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1877, Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1883 and the New Watercolour Society in 1877.
On viewing “Faithful Friends,” one is aware of how the figure of the boy, horse and dogs are accurately depicted, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of animal anatomy. His work shows a special sensitivity to the outdoors, original and delightful yet strong and well finished. Avidly sought after, his beautiful English landscapes depicting rural life and dating from the Victorian period have sadly become very scarce. This important example of his work is presented in pristine condition and in its original period frame.