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Martin Hardie

  1875 - 1952
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Ajaccio   1934

Original drypoint.

Outstanding trial proof impression with bright contrast and strong drypoint burr, prior to the normal edition. Signed and inscribed by the artist in ink “Trial Proof 6 (15)”. Laver records the existence of only 8 trial proofs, printed prior to the sole edition of 60 normal impressions.


Dulieu’s Pig Farm

Dulieu’s Pig Farm   1907

Original etching.

Particularly fine impression from the only edition of 50 signed proofs (53 in all).


Bric-à-Brac, Sens sold

Bric-à-Brac, Sens   1927

Original drypoint.

Excellent impression with rich drypoint burr. From the only edition of 92 signed proofs (101 in all).


The Mouth of the Stour sold

The Mouth of the Stour   1912

Original etching.

Particularly strong impression with pronounced etched line, from the only edition of 45 signed proofs (50 in all).


The Mill at Woodbridge sold

The Mill at Woodbridge   1930

Original drypoint.

Excellent signed proof impression with rich drypoint burr. Tipped at upper corners to the menu of the Omar Khayyám Club for their dinner in November 1930. One of only 60 proofs published specifically for this menu (total edition 90).



Born in London to a family with strong artistic connections, Martin Hardie practised art throughout his youth and was well educated, going up to read classics at Cambridge. However; it was upon his appointment as second-in-command of the newly formed Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum that he determined to acquire a working knowledge of the techniques of printmaking. Fortunately for Martin Hardie, the Royal College of Art was housed in part of the museum buildings at the time. Consequently, Hardie was able to attend the etching classes of Sir Frank Short, who took him in as his protégé. As a result of this, Martin Hardie came into contact with almost all of the leading printmakers and printers of the time. By 1908 Martin Hardie had become an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and by 1920 he was both a Fellow and Honorary Secretary of the Society and of the Print Collectors’ Club.

Aside from his considerable output as an etcher and watercolourist, Martin Hardie was an important writer and cataloguer on the prints of the British Etching Revival, producing the leading catalogues on the works of Sir Frank Short, James McBey and others. [more]