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Thomas Bush Hardy Watercolour Gorleston Harbour
  • Thomas Bush Hardy Watercolour Gorleston Harbour
  • Thomas Bush Hardy Watercolour Gorleston Harbour
  • Thomas Bush Hardy Watercolour Gorleston Harbour
  • Thomas Bush Hardy Watercolour Gorleston Harbour
  • Thomas Bush Hardy Watercolour Gorleston Harbour
  • Thomas Bush Hardy Watercolour Gorleston Harbour

Thomas Bush Hardy Watercolour Gorleston Harbour

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£1,200.00


Product Description

Artist: Thomas Bush Hardy (1842-1897)
Title: “Herring Boats leaving Gorleston Harbour.”
Medium: Watercolour on Paper (Heightened with Bodycolour)
Size: 698 x 365mm (framed: 920 x 592mm)
Date: 1896

This clever painting shows a meeting of the traditional Norfolk herring boats with one of the new steam-powered trawlers that were soon to supersede them. A trio of boats, all bearing the ‘YH’ of Yarmouth on their sails, have cast their nets into the rough seas outside of Gorleston harbour. The figures lining the quayside are likely relations of the fisherman, wishing them luck and a safe return.

Few painters capture the rough brown sea of England (in the colder months) as Thomas Bush Hardy does and this painting, painted the year before his death shows him at his confident best.

The sea has been closely painted, using layers of green, brown, grey and blue. The white foam has been cleverly highlighted in chalk (body-colour). By contrast the painter has been economical with the sky, using no more than a grey and blue wash to contrast with the natural colour of the paper.

Born in Sheffield, Hardy spent his earlier years travelling in Northern Europe and Italy. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1884, and would be a frequent exhibitor there for the remainder of his years. His work became
hugely popular during his own life time, finding its way to institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

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