J.J. Hardwick was born in Bow, London
in 1831 (the son of William Hardwick who came from Beverley in
Yorkshire). He studied painting under various Royal Academicians and
also attended the School of Art in Somerset House, winning a first prize
for a watercolour landscape. He worked on the staff of the Illustrated
London News as an engraver in the 1850s, following his apprenticeship to
the founder, Henry Vizetelly, in 1847.
He first exhibited at the Royal Academy
in 1860 and at the Suffolk Street and other galleries, becoming an
Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1882.
Apparently he was a friend of the well
known art critic John Ruskin and assisted him with classes at the
Working Men's College in Great Ormand Street. He appears to have moved
to Thames Ditton in about 1880 and gave his hobby as "working in his
garden" (see entry in "Who Was Who 1916-1928").
Hardwick's work is usually of flowers,
often set on a mossy bank as in those of Hunt, Cruickshank and Clare
(see works by the latter elsewhere on this web site). However he also
did more original compositions as in the example above (a bowl of what
are now called "old fashioned" roses before the modern hybrid varieties
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