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    Sale 6747


    19 February 2003, London, King Street

  • Lot 101

    Frederick Daniel Hardy (1826-1911)

    After the Party

    Price Realised  


    Frederick Daniel Hardy (1826-1911)
    After the Party
    signed and indistinctly dated 'FD Hardy 1871' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    27¼ x 42 7/8 in. (69.2 x 108.9 cm.)

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    Sympathetic depictions of the plight of servants, exhausted by long hours undertaking hard, physical work, were rare in Victorian art. Cooks were often caricatured as being obese and slovenly, while maids were lampooned for trying to emulate their employers dress and habits. Hardy's empathy is touching, and the picture is a departure from his usual humourous scenes of children engaged in adult activities such as Playing at Doctors (Victoria and Albert Museum). Hardy spent much of his working life in Cranbrook, Kent, and was a member of the artistic colony that included Thomas Webster (see lot 45) and George Bernard O'Neill (see lot 315).

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    Anon. sale, Christie's, New York, 11 October 1979, lot 219, when acquired by the present owner.


    Illustrated London News, 13 May 1876, vol. 68, p. 475.
    S. Casteras, Images of Victorian Womanhood in English Art, London, 1987, pp. 108, 110, pl. 83.


    London, Royal Academy, 1876, no. 916.
    The Substance or the Shadow, 1982, no. 37.
    Virtue Rewarded, 1988-90, no. 27.
    The Defining Moment, 2000-1, no. 15.