18th Mar, 2023 9:30 GMT/BST

British, European and Sporting Pictures

  Lot 1087


Frederick Daniel Hardy (1827-1911)
Oil on canvas, 76cm by 52cm

Provenance: Henry Dewhurst, Far Town Lodge, Huddersfield
Christie's, London, 19th April 1890, lot 20 as "Attributed to J D Hardy"
Exhibited: Royal Academy, London, 1874, No.414

Bears Christie's stencil 601C verso

Sold for £300
Estimated at £300 - £500


Surface dirt and discoloured varnish. Stretcher shadow, canvas is slightly loose on the stretcher. Push mark front to back on edge of right-hand side stretcher approx 10cm from upper edge which does not puncture the canvas. Further minor push mark directly approx 12cm below this. Odd surface scuff/abrasion, areas of varying sized stable cracquelure. Varnish has a chalky quality in places. Some general strengthening through the background and darker tones in general. Fairly fine v-shaped area of retouching to old scratch next to left-hand side edge approx 2cm in length on each line. Further vertical small patch of retouching approx 6cm below this and 1-1.5cm in length. Some general retouching and strengthening through the folds and shadows of the boys white shirt and to a lesser extent his trousers. Other further scattered small-scale touches to surface, to his shirt and hands. The lantern has possibly undergone some general strengthening.


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Auction: British, European and Sporting Pictures, 18th Mar, 2023

Traditional Picture Sales offer a wide range of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints from the 15th to the early 20th centuries.

The sale includes the Picture Collection from Denton Hall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire which has been part of the NG Bailey group of companies for over 40 years. NG Bailey is the UK’s leading independent engineering and services business and is owned by the Bailey family. 

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available leading up to the sale.

Entries are invited for forthcoming sales


Sunday 12th March 11am-4pm, Monday 13th March-Friday 17th March 10am-4pm and morning of the sale from 8am. 

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