Jeremiah Pearson Hardy (1800-1887), an American artist not well-known outside Maine, created this simple yet striking portrait of his sister Mary Ann in 1821 when she was 12 and he was 21. He soon would leave for Boston, and later New York, to study under David Brown (1794-) and Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872).
At the end of his training, Jeremiah Hardy married Catharine Sears Wheeler (1806-1876). The following year, he painted a distinguished portrait of Abraham Hanson.
In his chosen home of Bangor, Maine, he was a popular portrait artist.
But his best work, as with most artists, came when he portrayed his close-knit, creative family. Jeremiah’s sister, Mary Ann Hardy, was an artist/ miniaturist. Jeremiah’s three children were photographer Francis Willard Hardy (1830 – 1908), naturalist Manly Hardy (1832 – 1910) and floral artist Anna Eliza Hardy (1839 – 1934). Hardy painted his son Manly in the 1830s.
The stunning and best known of his works is his double portrait of his wife Catharine and their daughter Anna Eliza, painted around 1848.
So many artists. So little time.
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