The Hardie Family
The Hardie Family

ROBERT WILLIAM BUSS (1804-1874)

The Hardie Family

1804 to 1874 England

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PORTRAIT OF THE HARDIE FAMILY
IN AN INTERIOR

ROBERT WILLIAM BUSS
1804 –1874
Oil on canvas 42 x 36 inches
Framed size 53 ½ x 47 ½ inches

Robert William Buss was an historical, genre and portrait painter who lived in London. He was the pupil of George Clint. Buss first painted theatrical portraits and later turned to historical scenes and humorous genre. He exhibited his work at the Royal Academy from 1826 to 1855 and also at the British Institution, Suffolk Street and the New Watercolour Society. Buss also exhibited at the House of Lords competition 1844 -1845.
He was the editor of The Fine Art Almanack and English Graphic Satire with etchings by him.
This charming scene of family life depicts Mr Hardie a man of business, who was often away for long periods, saying goodbye to his young family. According to family tradition the little girl Blanche, not wanting her father to leave, would often hide his hat and scarf so that he could not go. The expression on the little girl’s face indicates that this is what she is about to do. Buss manages to bring a far more animated feel to this work than one would usually find in a family portrait.

Provenance: Agnew & Zanetti
Mr Hardie, Manchester
Thence by descent

Works in Public Collections: Dublin Castle; Walker Art Gallery Liverpool; Garrick Club London; Guildhall Art Gallery London; Museum of London; Royal National Theatre London; Victoria & Albert Museum London; Borough Museum & Art Gallery Staffordshire

Bibl: Victorian Painters – Christopher Wood
Dimensions
Height 42.00 inch (106.68 cm)
Width 36.00 inch (91.44 cm)
External Height 53.50 inch (135.89 cm)
External Width 47.50 inch (120.65 cm)
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