Heywood Hardy England
11-25-1842 Chichester, ENG - 1-16-1933 West Sussex, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Heywood Hardy left home at the age of 17 and attempted to earn a living painting animal paintings. Hardy did this successfully and, after a short time with the 7th Somerset Volunteers, Hardy borrowed some money from his brother and traveled to Paris. In 1864 Hardy entered the Beaux Arts to study under the battle artist, Pielse.
Upon his return to England in 1868 he found his services as an artist were in great demand. He was frequently invited to country estates where he was commissioned to paint portraits, sporting scenes, and animal studies.
Though he continued to enjoy such commissions, he decided to concentrate on painting genre subjects. Although considered mainly a painter of hunting and sporting scenes, Heywood Hardy’s talents were much more broad than that. When compared to other British artists of his day, Hardy’s style appears closer to the Impressionists.
In 1870 Hardy and his family moved to London. During this period Hardy’s career flourished and he was elected a member of a number of societies including the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
In 1909 Heywood Hardy moved to West Sussex and at the age of 83 he painted the first in a series of eight panel paintings depicting religious scenes for the chancel of Clymping Church. At the time these panels caused considerable controversy as they depicted Christ walking on the Sussex Downs and local farmland, amidst modern figures, said to be residents from nearby villages.