At the Crown Inn
Heywood Hardy was a painter and etcher of animals, portraits, genre and sporting subjects. In 1864 he entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He returned to England in 1868 and found he was in great demand. He was often invited to country estates to paint portraits, sporting pictures and animal studies. Hardy received commissions for portraits, animal studies, and hunting scenes, as well as publishing illustrations.
In 1870 Hardy and his family moved to St John's Wood, London - an area then popular with artists. During this period his career flourished and he was elected a member of a number of societies including The Royal Society of Painters and Etchers, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
Oil on Canvas
22 x 30 in.