A Rarely Seen Artist
Charles Hardy was actively painted portrait miniatures between 1802 and 1817 and yet, despite a span of fifteen years, only a small handful of his works have been recognised.
This gentleman has well-delineated features and is smartly attired in a double-breasted blue coat with brass buttons, a yellow waistcoat and a white stock. Given the dusting of white on his shoulder, it appears that he was still powdering his hair despite the introduction in 1795 of the Hair Powder Tax.
The portrait is signed on the reverse ‘C. HARDY Pinxt …… 1802’ and resides in the original gold frame with the initials WB in gold laid on foiled blue glass on the reverse. The pin from the brooch fitting has been removed. Otherwise, both frame and miniature are in fine condition.
Item Ref. 6844
Size: framed, 79 x 66mm
Literature: Miniatures: Dictionary & Guide / Foskett, illus. p. 345