Cottage interior

Oil Painting
1852 (painted)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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'.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on millboard
Brief Description
Oil Painting, 'Cottage interior', Frederick Daniel Hardy, 1852
Physical Description
An oil painting depicting the kitchen in a small cottage; the only living presence is a sleeping cat.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 19.7cm
  • Estimate width: 29.8cm
  • Frame height: 41cm
  • Frame width: 50.5cm
  • Frame depth: 6.5cm
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
'F D H 1852' (Signed and dated by the artist on the edge of the table)
Credit line
Bequeathed by John Forster
Object history
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.
Subject depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
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'.
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
Collection
Accession Number
F.15

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record createdJune 1, 2006
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