Here we have a well-executed original illustration done by Paul Hardy, a British illustration artist working in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This technique is referred to as "bodycolor."
The illustration art is signed in the bottom right corner. I'm assuming this was done for a book but I haven't confirmed the title. Looks like an intense part of the book.
The rare British artwork measures 20.5" x 14.5". The illustration measures 14.5" x 10.5". There is some illegible notes by the artist at the left center margin. There is some slight staining in the margins. A small chunk of the board is missing at the bottom center (nowhere near the image). Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
I ship to the continental USA only. Free shipping on this piece.
I have another Paul Hardy illustration for sale in the store as well. I'm happy to combine the shipping if you want both of them.
Here's the wikipedia info on the artist:
Paul Hardy (baptised David Paul Frederick Hardy) (2 August 1862 nr Bath, Somerset - 2 January 1942 Storrington), was an English illustrator, well known for his regular illustrations in The Strand Magazine and his painting of "Canterbury Pilgrims" (1903), and his drawings were associated with the serials of the writer Samuel Walkey (1871-1953). Paul was the son of David Hardy, also an artist, as was his grandfather, all from an old Yorkshire family.
Paul Hardy received his education in Clifton, West Yorkshire. He settled in Chelsea, London in 1886, and married in 1888, whereupon he moved back into the country, living at The Cottage, Church Street, Storrington. He designed and made the original galleon weathervane, now kept inside St Mary's church in Storrington.
Paul was the son of David and Emily Hardy. He was married to Ida Mary Wilton Clarke Hardy (1862 - 1955) on 28 July 1888 at St. Matthias, Earl's Court, in Kensington and Chelsea, London. His son was Brigadier Gordon Paul Umfreville Hardy (1894-1974), who married Sophia H. Dickinson in 1917.
Hardy's illustrations were used in many magazines and books, such as *The Story of Susan by Alice Dudeney (1903). (Hardy's affair with Alice Dudeney contributed to the separation of the Dudeneys in 1913)
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