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THOMAS BUSH HARDY R.B.A. (1842 – 1897)

“Coastal Shipping at Anchor”                                                                                                                                 IMAGE

Watercolour heightened with bodycolour

218mm x 500mm. Signed and inscribed “Langham Sketch”


T.B. Hardy was a marine painter.  He was born in Sheffield in 1842, and was the father of the artist Dudley Hardy.

He travelled in Holland, France and Italy and exhibited his work at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, to which he was elected Member in 1884,  the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Royal Institute, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours, Thomas Agnew and Sons Gallery, the Dowdeswell Galleries, the Fine Art Society, Grosvenor Gallery, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Manchester City Art Gallery, the Suffolk Street Galleries and Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery.

He is best known for his views of the Broads and Dutch beaches as well as sketches of Venice.

Examples of work by Thomas Bush Hardy are in the British Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum; Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington; Cartwright Hall, Bradford; Dundee City Art Gallery; Tower Gallery, Eastbourne; Greenwich; Gray Art Gallery, Hartlepool; Leeds City Art Gallery; Leicestershire Art Gallery; City Art Gallery, Manchester; Newport Art Gallery; Nottingham University and Sydney Art Gallery.