Thomas Bush Hardy

(3 May 1842 - 15 December 1897)

British marine painter and watercolourist. Hardy was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire. As a young man he travelled in the Netherlands and Italy.

In 1884 Hardy was elected a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists, with which he exhibited between 1871 and 1897. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy.

His paintings, featuring brightly coloured coastal scenes, illustrate his travels up and down the English coast, the Dutch beaches, the French Channel ports and the Venetian Lagoon.

Hardy had nine children. His son Dudley Hardy was a renowned painter, illustrator and poster designer. His daughter Dorothy worked as a nurse in the First World War and was made an MBE. He died in Maida Vale, London.


HARDY, Thomas Bush, marine painter, was a native of Sheffield, and in early life travelled a good deal in Holland and Italy. He exhibited constantly at the Royal Academy from 1872 till his death. In 1871 he exhibited first at the Society of British Artists, Sufl'olk Street, of which he became a member in 1884. He is remarkable as perhaps the most rapid and prolific water-colour painter of his generation. He treated marine subjects with unusual freshness and force, and his sketches, numbered by thousands, are full of vigour and beauty. He died somewhat suddenly on December 15, 1897, at his residence in Portsdown Road, Maida Vale. His artistic gifts have been transmitted to his son, Mr. Dudley Hardy, R.I.

Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, 1876 - Reprinted, 1894, 1899

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