Artist's Biography & Works For Sale
Heywood Hardy was the son of the landscape painter James Hardy. He was born in Chichester on the 25th of November in 1842 and began his artistic career by painting farm animals in Keynsham. He also briefly joined the 7th Somerset volunteers before heading for Paris where he enrolled in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts to study under the battle artist Pielse. When he returned to England in 1868, his career flourished and his works gained great demand and he was invited to many country estates and subsequently commissioned by several distinguished patrons including Colonel Wyndham Murray, the Marquis of Zetland and the Sitwells of Renishaw.
Heywood Hardy was elected a member of several societies, including the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He was an associate of the Royal Watercolour Society and also worked as an illustrator contributing to The Illustrated London News and The Graphic Magazine. He was met with controversy late in his career when he painted a series of 8 panels of biblical scenes portraying Christ walking in a Sussex countryside surrounded by recognisable villagers. The panels were painted to mark the 700th anniversary of Clymping Church.
Heywood Hardy’s work can be found in museums in Bristol, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and other important collections throughout the world.
We also wish to buy original paintings by Heywood Hardy, so if you have one for sale please contact us.