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Oil painting - Cottage interior
  • Cottage interior
    Hardy, Frederick Daniel, born 1826 - died 1911
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Cottage interior

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1852 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hardy, Frederick Daniel, born 1826 - died 1911 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on millboard

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Forster

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Most of Hardy's paintings are scenes of cottage life. He exhibited ninety-three of them at the Royal Academy between 1851 and 1898. This painting of a cottage interior is fairly unusual in not including any figures, apart from a sleeping cat. Indeed, it was once catalogued, misleadingly, as a 'still-life'.

Physical description

An oil painting depicting the kitchen in a small cottage; the only living presence is a sleeping cat.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


1852 (painted)


Hardy, Frederick Daniel, born 1826 - died 1911 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on millboard

Marks and inscriptions

'F D H 1852'
Signed and dated by the artist on the edge of the table


Height: 19.7 cm estimate, Width: 29.8 cm estimate, Height: 41 cm frame, Width: 50.5 cm frame, Depth: 6.5 cm frame

Object history note

Bequeathed by John Forster, 1876. This painting may have been exhibited at the RA in 1853 as An Interior (270); there is some confusion as to whether the work exhibited was this painting or F.16 (Sunday Afternoon). According to the artist's statement in 1907, both of these works were painted in the neighbourhood of Snell's Wood, near Chenies, Buckinghamshire.

Descriptive line

Oil Painting, 'Cottage interior', Frederick Daniel Hardy, 1852

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 119
ed. Carol Thompson, The Cranbrook Colony. Fresh Perspectives Wolverhampton: Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-947642-28-0.


Oil paint; Millboard


Oil painting

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