Dudley Hardy (1867 - 1922)

Self portrait, 1896


SKU: 4741

Signed, inscribed on the reverse
Oil on panel

Height – 31cm
Width – 22cm

1 in stock


David and Judith Cohen

Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.250.

In a period fruitwood frame with reeded gesso slip

Exhibited: Brush, Pen and Pencil, An Exhibition of Original Paintings and Drawings by Early Members of the London Sketch Club Presented by David Cohen, King Street Galleries, London, March-April 1987.

Literature: Dudley Hardy by M.H. Spielmann which appeared in the Magazine of Art, Vol. XX, November 1896 – April 1897

This self portrait was reproduced in the Magazine of Art in 1896

Dudley Hardy was born in Sheffield in 1867. He was educated at Boulogne School and at University College, London; later travelling to Europe to study art in Dusseldorf, Antwerp and Paris. It was during his time in France that he came in contact with the poster art of Cheret and Lautrec and their work had a lasting influence on his style. As a poster designer Hardy’s strengths lay in his great success in translating the fin de si√®cle achievements of these French artists into the idiom of popular English humour found in the comedy plays of his day,. sel


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Dudley Hardy
1867 - 1922

Dudley Hardy was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on 15 January 1867 and studied at the Akademie der Kunste in Düsseldorf, Germany, in Antwerp, Belgium (1884-85), and in Paris. He was also taught by his father, the marine painter Thomas Bush Hardy. Dudley Hardy worked as a book illustrator and contributed illustrations and cartoons to numerous magazines including ‘Ludgate Monthly’, ‘Eureka’, ‘Illustrated Bits’, ‘Punch’, ‘The English Illustrated Magazine’, ‘Illustrated London News’ and ‘The Graphic’. Curiously, he worked as a “war artist” in Sudan while living in London. He produced many posters, notably for theatrical productions. Hardy exhibited at the Fine Art Society, the Royal Academy, the Goupil Gallery, the International Gallery, the London Salon, the Royal Society of British Artists, the New Gallery, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, the Royal Miniature Society and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in London; the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham, and the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) in 1889, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) in 1897, and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) in 1898. He died in London on 11 August 1922.

We are grateful to Chris Mees for his assistance.


Dudley Hardy (1867 - 1922)
Self portrait, 1896