James Hardy Jr.

(1832 - 4 April 1889)

Admired and sought after, this artist's work epitomises the best of English Victorian sporting painting. His father was the landscape painter James Hardy, Sr. and his brother was Heywood Harris, his cousin Frederick Daniel Hardy.

A painter of rustic landscapes and hunting scenes, Hardy specialized in sporting scenes depicting dogs and game, usually set in highland scenery. He painted both in oil and watercolor.

He removed to London where his address was Thyra House, Moss Hall, North Finchley in 1880. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1862 to 1886 with titles including: "Gillie on the Lookout", 1871; "Hill Man with Deer Hounds", 1873; "The English Game-keeper", 1874; "Waiting to Collect the Game", 1875. He also exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Arthur Tooth & Sons Gallery, Royal Society of British Artists, the British Institution, the Suffolk Street Gallery and the New Watercolor Society. Recognition of his work was soon to follow being elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1877, Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1883 and the New Watercolour Society in 1877.


James Hardy, Jr. came from an artistic family. His father was the landscape painter James Hardy senior and his brother was Heywood Hardy. His cousin, Daniel Frederick Hardy, was a leading member of the Cranbrook colony of artists.

A painter of rustic landscapes and hunting scenes, Hardy specialised in sporting scenes depicting dogs and game, usually set in highland scenery. He painted both in oil and watercolour and exhibited regularly, at the Royal Academy between 1862 and 1886, the British Institution, the Suffolk Street Gallery and the New Watercolour Society of which he became a member in 1877.


DAVID HARDY, who was an artist from 1835 to 1870, painted rustic genre and country subjects. He exhibited widely at the Royal Society of British Artists between 1862 and 1870. He also exhibited at the British Institute between 1855 and 1865.

David Hardy is recorded as having an address in Bath but little is known about his local life. He was just one painter from a very artistic family. He was the brother of the artists Heywood and James Hardy. Their father, James Hardy Senior, was an also an artist. James Hardy Junior and James Hardy Senior are also represented in the Victoria Art Gallery’s collection.

David Hardy painted genre scenes, which presented a sentimental view of childhood, poverty and of growing up in the countryside. Genre painting was a popular style in Victorian Britain and in northern Europe. In Britain genre painting offered a contrast to the historical, religious and natural subjects favoured by Pre Raphaelite artists. However, Victorian values and ideals were very influential as many genre paintings often had a strong moralistic tone which determined the stories of daily life they portrayed.