ARWS RE ROI RP
1843 - 1933
Title: "A Coach and Four Passing the Hunt"
Canvas Size: Height 30 ¾ inches Width 50 inches
Framed Size: Height 37 inches Width 57 inches
Considered to be one of the most accomplished sporting painters spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, Heywood Hardy was born in Bristol, England in 1843. He received his formal art training in London, Paris and Antwerp, and he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of Etchers and an Associate of the Royal Water Colour Society. His paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy with titles including: "Windsor Park," 1865; "Sale of Cavalry Horses," 1884; "Grouse Shooting," 1885, and also at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, Fine Art Society, Manchester City Art Gallery, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and the Tooling Galleries.
On viewing this superb example of his work, one is aware of how his horses and hounds are beautifully depicted, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of animal anatomy. This painting very interestingly depicts the lives of people in the 19th century, riding in coaches and going to hunt. His work shows a special sensitivity to country folk and their natural surroundings, original and delightful, yet strong and well finished. Avidly sought after, these coaching/hunting scenes are extremely rare and avidly sought after, but sadly have become very scarce. This painting is presented in excellent condition in its original period frame and is signed and dated by the artist.