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Descendant's report for Frederick Daniel Hardy, son of George Hardy and Sarah Hardy [Lloyd]

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Frederick Daniel Hardy was born on 13th February 1827 at Windsor the third child of George Hardy and Sarah Lloyd. George Hardy was a musician to George IV, Queen Adelaide and Queen Victoria in the royal household at Windsor. Frederick studied at the Royal Academy of Music but in 1846 at the age of 19 decided to follow in the footsteps of his elder brother George Hardy and become a painter. On 11th March 1852 he married Rebecca Sophia Dorrofield at Chorleywood in Hertfordshire where their first son was born and, then, in 1854 the couple moved to Cranbrook, Kent where they had a family of four further sons and one daughter between 1855 and 1865. The Hardy's also maintained a property at Brunswick Gardens, Kensington in London where they lived when not resident in Cranbrook

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.

On 1st April 1911 Frederick Daniel Hardy died at 1 Waterloo Place, Cranbrook and was buried at St. Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook


See also How the 19th c. Cranbrook Colony were influenced in style and subject matter by the 17th c. Dutch Genre Masters.
Generation No. 1
  1. Frederick Daniel Hardy was the son of George Hardy and Sarah Hardy [Lloyd]. He was born 13th Feb 1827 at Windsor, Berkshire; died 1st Apr 1911 at 1 Waterloo Place, Cranbrook, Kent; buried after 1st Apr 1911 at St Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook, Kent
  He married Rebecca Sophia Dorrofield on 11th Mar 1852 at Chorleywood, Hertfordshire. She was born 16th Jul 1827 at Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, daughter of William and Mary Anne Dorrofield; christened 14th Oct 1827 at Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. They had the following children:
  iFrederick Rembrandt who was born 14th Mar 1853 at Amersham, Buckinghamshire, registered at Amersham District, Buckinghamshire, ref: 1853 Q1 Vol 3a Page 333; christened 17th Apr 1853 Chenies, Buckinghamshire
  iiLewis who was born Jan to Mar 1855 at Cranbrook, Kent, registered at Cranbrook District, Kent, ref: 1855 Q1 Vol 2a Page 44?
  iiiArthur William who was born Jan to Mar 1857 at Cranbrook, Kent, registered at Cranbrook District, Kent, ref: 1857 Q1 Vol 2a Page 472
  ivEdwin George who was born Jan to Mar 1860 at Cranbrook, Kent, registered at Cranbrook District, Kent, ref: 1860 Q1 Vol 2a Page 507
  vHerbert Charles who was born July to Sep 1863 at Cranbrook, Kent, registered at Cranbrook District, Kent, ref: 1863 Q3 Vol 2a Page 516
  viAmelia Gertrude who was born Oct to Dec 1865 at Cranbrook, Kent, registered at Cranbrook District, Kent, ref: 1865 Q4 Vol 2a Page 572; christened 12th Nov 1865 St Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook, Kent; died 1952
   

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