Anna E. Hardy (1839-1934)

  • Anna E. Hardy (1839-1934)
  • The Rose Terrace
  • Oil on canvas
  • 17 ½ x 14 1/4 inches
  • Signed lower right

Anna Eliza Hardy was born in 1839 in Bangor, Maine to Catherine Sears (Wheeler) and Jeremiah Pearson Hardy (1800-1888), an artist. Her father studied painting in Boston, and in New York under Samuel F.B. Morse. Her paternal aunt, Mary Ann Hardy (1809-1887), was also an artist known for her portrait miniatures.

Hardy’s interest in painting began at the age of 16 when her father promised to give her one of his landscapes if she would copy it. She went on to study under her father’s tutelage and later shared his studio in Bangor. Hardy also studied briefly in Paris under George Jeannin and with American artist Abbott H. Thayer.[1] Devoted to floral subjects, Hardy gained a reputation as a still life painter. Lithographs of her flower paintings were made by Louis Prang Chromolithographs.

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Anna E. Hardy The Rose Terrace