John Hassall RI RMS (1868 - 1948) and Dudley Hardy RI (1866 -
as well as members of the RI both were great friends and members of Langham Sketch Club
Dudley Hardy RI
1866 - 1922
Dudley Hardy was born in Sheffield, the son of Thomas Bush Hardy who he studied under. He also studied in Dusseldorf, Antwerp and Paris. As a young man he was a close friend of Frank Brangwyn with whom he travelled to Morocco in 1893. He lived in London from 1884 to his death on 11th August 1922. A founder member of the London Sketch Club he contributed to its success.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1884 and was elected RI in 1897. He was a Member of the Society of 25 Artists. He is noted for his landscapes, seascapes, biblical and genre subjects and North African and Oriental views. His works are in the Leeds Art Gallery, Leicester Art Gallery and Newport Art Gallery.
He produced fashion drawings, theatre posters as an illustrator and cartoonist. He was an illustrator for many magazines.
John Hassall RI RMS
(1868 - 1948)
John Hassall was born in Walmer in Kent on May 21st 1868 into a naval family. His father was Lieutenant Christopher Clark Hassall of the Royal Navy. When John was 8 years old his father died. His step father was an Army man. John was sent to Newton Abbott College in Devon and later to Neuenheim College in Heidleberg. Disappointed at being rejected for Sandhurst he went to Manitoba Canada to farm. During this time he sent back cartoons and sketches to England, these were accepted and published in the Daily Graphic. He meet Dudley Hardy on returning to England who advised him to attend the Academie in Antwerp. John contributed to Jerome K Jerome publication “The Idler” and many others. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy. He was a member of the London Sketch Club, The Savage Club and the Knights Club. "The Bargin" above was given in 1911 by Hassall to Steven Baghot de la Bere (exh 1877-1927) who was a fellow member of the Langham Sketch Club - what bargin that was we may never know.