|Title||'Before the Masked Ball' and 'Fête Champêtr'.|
|Medium & Size||Oil on canvas. Frame size: 92x52 in. Signed. Original ornate 19th century carved wood ‘mirror’ frames, re-gilded. Circa 1890-1914.|
|Price Band||£10,000 - £20,000|
Dudley Hardy was a painter, watercolourist and illustrator, born in Sheffield. Studied first with his father T.B.Hardy, the noted marine artist, then in Dusseldorf, Antwerp and in Paris.
Hardy began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1884, but his first notable success was 'Tramps in Trafalgar Square at Dawn'. Hardy also worked as an illustrator and cartoonist for many magazines including The Pictorial World, The Lady's pictorial, The Sketch, Black&White and Punch Magazine.
Hardy also did fashion drawings, and his cartoons of Cockney humour became widely popular. Hardy also designed posters, most famously the Savoy Theatre series. In addition to all this Hardy still found time to exhibit at the RA, SS, NWS and GG.
Hardy's output was varied and included biblical scenes and oriental views which are highly collected today as well as landscape, seascape and genre, both in oil and watercolour.
Hardy was clearly influenced by the 18th century French artist, Jean-Antoine Watteau's 'fetes gallants'-scenes in which exquisitely dressed young people idle away time in dreamy, romantic, pastoral settings. The present oils however would have been specially commissioned and are set in an English Garden with figures in Elizabethan dress, possibly from a theatre production.
PROVENANCE: Formerly in the UK residence of a Royal family from the Far East.