Paul Hardy (illustrator)

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Paul Hardy in costume
Canterbury Pilgrims (1903)
Deer hunt (1892)

Paul Hardy (baptised David Paul Frederick Hardy) (2 August 1862 near Bath, Somerset - 2 January 1942 Storrington), was an English illustrator, well known for his regular illustrations in The Strand Magazine and his painting of Canterbury Pilgrims (1903), and his drawings were associated with the serials of the writer Samuel Walkey (1871-1953). Paul was the son of David Hardy, also an artist, as was his grandfather, all from an old Yorkshire family.

Paul Hardy received his education in Clifton, West Yorkshire. He settled in Chelsea, London in 1886, and married in 1888, whereupon he moved back into the country, living at The Cottage, Church Street, Storrington.[1][2] He designed and made the original galleon weathervane, now kept inside St Mary's church in Storrington.[3]

Paul was the son of David and Emily Hardy. He was married to Ida Mary Wilton Clarke Hardy (1862 - 1955) on 28 July 1888 at St. Matthias, Earl's Court, in Kensington and Chelsea, London. His son was Brigadier Gordon Paul Umfreville Hardy (1894-1974), who married Sophia H. Dickinson in 1917.

Hardy's illustrations were used in many magazines and books, such as *The Story of Susan by Alice Dudeney (1903). (Hardy's affair with Alice Dudeney contributed to the separation of the Dudeneys in 1913)


  1. ^ john adcock. "Yesterday's Papers: Illustrators of the Strand".
  2. ^ "David Paul Frederick Hardy (1862 - 1942) - Find A Grave Memorial".
  3. ^ "The Storrington and District Museum - Famous REsidents".

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