Skip To Content



Your privacy is important. Our Cookies Statement explains how we use cookies on this site. You can change their use at any time. You accept them by continuing to use this site. Our Privacy Statement explains how we use and protect your data.

Heywood Hardy (1842-1933)

Biography of Heywood Hardy (1842-1933)

Haywood Hardy (1842-1933) was a painter and watercolourist of animals, hunting and sporting scenes, genre and portraiture. He popularised the genre piece in out-of-period (18th century) costume giving a very romanticised view of his subject.

Hardy was born in Chichester in West Sussex, a son of the artist James Hardy senior (1801-1879) and younger brother of the artist James Hardy junior (1832-1889). He painted from an early age with the encouragement of his father and was at this time largely self taught, showing great skill at his craft and gaining commission work in some numbers.

In 1864, Hardy went to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts where he remained for four years before returning to London in 1864.

Hardy gained quick recognition for his preferred subjects and was employed by some of the large country estate owners to paint their horses and domestic animals.

In 1870, Heywood Hardy moved to St John's Wood, an area popular with fashionable artists of the time and wealthy patrons.

His work was also popularised by his contributions to the Illustrated London News and the Graphic Magazine.

In 1909, Hardy moved to East Preston in Sussex where, at the age of eighty-three, he was commissioned to paint eight panels for the famous Climping Church set high on the South Downs to commemorate it's 700th anniversary. These proved very controversial as they depicted Christ walking the Downs with local village inhabitants in a very modern setting. They can be seen to this day within this delightful church.

Hardy exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy, the ROI and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Related Departments

Related Fine Art Categories

Heywood Hardy (1842-1933) Related Lots

Lot FS20/408

Lot FS20/408: Heywood Hardy [1842-1933] - Riders on the Shore

Heywood Hardy [1842-1933] - Riders on the Shore - signed Heywood Hardy bottom right oil on canvas 48 x 66cm.

Estimate: £12,000 - £18,000
Realised: £22,000

Lot FS19/231

Lot FS19/231: Heywood Hardy [1842-1933] - The Cup That Cheers

Heywood Hardy [1842-1933] - The Cup that Cheers - signed bottom left inscribed with title on an old label attached to the reverse of the frame oil on canvas 44.5 x 59.5cm.

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000
Realised: £18,000

Lot FS19/232

Lot FS19/232: Heywood Hardy [1842-1933] - The County Smithy

Heywood Hardy [1842-1933] - The County Smithy - signed bottom left inscribed with title on an old label attached to the reverse of the frame oil on canvas 44.5 x 59.5cm.

Estimate: £6,000 - £9,000
Realised: £8,000