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George Hardy was born in 1822 at Brighton and christened there at St Nicholas Church the first child of George Hardy and Sarah Lloyd. His father George Hardy was a musician to George IV, Queen Adelaide and Queen Victoria in the royal household at Windsor. In 1851 George, at the age 29, was a professional painter in oils living at White Barn in Brenchley, Kent where he stayed for over ten years prior to moving to Rose Cottage, Waterloo Road in Cranbrook. George Hardy married Ellen Hutton on 8th May 1862 at Stoke Newington in London and three children were born in Cranbrook - George Sidney in 1864, Louisa in 1867 and Marguerite in 1873 and by 1881 the Hardy family was living at Fernside in Cranbrook and then in 1891 at Mount Pleasant. Throughout this period George, along with his younger brother Frederick, were members of the Cranbrook Colony of artists.

Frederick Daniel Hardy, George Hardy, Thomas Webster, George Bernard O'Neill, John Callcott Horsley and Augustus Edwin Mulready were an informal group of six professional painters known as the Cranbrook Colony that thrived in Cranbrook in the latter half of the nineteenth century. They were a close association of colleagues and friends, and, in the case of the Hardy brothers and G.B. O'Neill, distant relatives. All six were "Genre" painters depicting scenes from daily life, either real or imaginary and, through their work, we have an accurate depiction of the people and homes in the Cranbrook area during the Victorian age. Often the Colony used their children, families and friends as models with the Hardys and Webster focused on rustic interiors and O'Neill and Horsley on picturesque historic architecture. The six painters, who occupied The Old Studio in the High Street, were prolific in their work and exhibited extensively at the Royal Academy and the British Institution.

In later years George lived with his daughter's family in Eastbourne where he died in 1909 at the age of 86.


See also How the 19th c. Cranbrook Colony were influenced in style and subject matter by the 17th c. Dutch Genre Masters.
Date Type Information Source
 
c Dec 1822BornIn the Parish of Brighton, Sussex1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
 
18th Dec 1822ChristenedAt St. Nicholas Church in the Parish of Brighton, SussexIGI - Family Search
 
8th May 1862MarriedEllen Hutton at Stoke Newington Parish Church, in LondonLondon Metropolitan Archives
 
Oct to Dec 1864Birth of a sonGeorge Sidney in the Parish of Cranbrook, Kent; registered at Cranbrook District, Kent; ref: 1864 Q4 Vol 2a Page 5371881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
 
1866La Soeur de ChariteLa Soeur de Charite, Oil painted by George HardyPrivate collection
 
1867Christmas DayChristmas Day, Oil painted by George HardyPrivate collection
 
Apr to June 1867Birth of a daughterLouisa in the Parish of Cranbrook, Kent; registered at Cranbrook District, Kent; ref: 1867 Q2 Vol 2a Page 5951881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
 
c 1870Early TeachingEarly Teaching, Oil painted by George HardyPrivate collection
 
July to Sep 1873Birth of a daughterMarguerite in the Parish of Cranbrook, Kent; registered at Cranbrook District, Kent; ref: 1873 Q3 Vol 2a Page 6171881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
 
3rd Apr 1881CensusAt Fernside Villa in the Parish of Cranbrook, Kent; George Hardy, M, Head, married, age 58, born Brighton, Sussex; occupation: artist in oil painting1881 Census
Cranbrook, Kent
 
1887Grandfather's ReturnGrandfather's Return, Oil on Panel painted by George HardyPrivate collection
 
1889The Reading LessonThe Reading Lesson, Oil on panel painted by George HardyPrivate collection
 
Oct to Dec 1909DiedRegistered at Hailsham District, Sussex; ref: 1909 Q4 Vol 2b Page 57; aged 86 yearsODNB web site
 
Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Hardy, Harday, Hardey, Hardery, Hardanay individual records
  
The ancestral pedigree of George Hardy
 
  
 George Hardym: 19th Feb 1822 Brighton, SussexSarah Lloyd 
 b: 1796 St Georges, Hanover Square, London  b: 1804 Westminster, London
  
         
George Mary Frederick Daniel Eliza Arthur Emily Sarah Alfred 
b: c December 1822 Brighton, Sussex
ch: 18th Dec 1822 St. Nicholas Church
d: Oct to Dec 1909 aged 86 years registered at Hailsham District, Sussex ref: 1909 Q4 Vol 2b Page 57
 b: 1824 Brighton, Sussex
ch: 24th Dec 1824 St. Nicholas Church
 b: 13th Feb 1827 Windsor, Berkshire
d: 1st Apr 1911 1 Waterloo Place, Cranbrook, Kent
bur: after 1st Apr 1911 St Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook, Kent
 b: 1829 b: 1837 Windsor, Berkshire b: 1840 Windsor, Berkshire b: 1844 Windsor, Berkshire b: 1848 Windsor, Berkshire 
                  
Parental record
   
   
 
   
 George Hardy
artist in oil painting
m: 8th May 1862 Stoke Newington Parish Church, LondonEllen Hutton 
 b: c December 1822 Brighton, Sussex
ch: 18th Dec 1822 St. Nicholas Church
d: Oct to Dec 1909 aged 86 years registered at Hailsham District, Sussex ref: 1909 Q4 Vol 2b Page 57
  b: 1834 Hackney, London, daughter of Edward Andrew Hutton
  
    
 George Sidney Louisa Marguerite 
 b: Oct to Dec 1864 Cranbrook, Kent registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1864 Q4 Vol 2a Page 537 b: Apr to June 1867 Cranbrook, Kent registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1867 Q2 Vol 2a Page 595 b: July to Sep 1873 Cranbrook, Kent registered at Cranbrook District, Kent ref: 1873 Q3 Vol 2a Page 617 
Family record
 

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