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Dudley Hardy RBA RI RMS ROI PS (1867-1922)

Dudley Hardy, RBA RI RMS ROI PS (1867-1922)

Dudley Hardy was one of the leading graphic artists of the turn of the century, who had a strong influence on the following generation, through the strength of his poster designs, and other illustrations, and the force of his personality. A member of many exhibiting societies, he spearheaded the foundation of the London Sketch Club, in 1898, and was the life and soul of its activities, both artistic and social.

Dudley Hardy was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, on 15 January 1867, the third of eight children of the marine painter, Thomas Bush Hardy, and his first wife, Mary Ann Lovne. During his earliest years, his father was employed in the Sheffield Silver Assay Office.

In 1870, the Hardy family moved to London, and settled at 84 Regina Road, Upper Holloway. Thomas Bush Hardy took up a clerical position at the Inland Revenue at Somerset House, until he found that he could make a living painting marine subjects. By 1873, the Hardys were living at 42 Gordon Square, retaining it as an address until at least 1877.

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