Portrait of Thomas Hardy

William Strang (1859-1921)


Oil on panel

17 in. x 15 in. (432 mm x 381 mm)

© National Portrait Gallery, London (NPG 2929)

Bequeathed by Hardy's widow Florence in 1938

William Strang's first and best-known portrait of the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy is much more flattering than his other portraits of him, but still catches the sitter's sombre mood. The reflective downward look is perfect for this. [Commentary continues below. Click on the image to enlarge it and mouse over the text for links.]

Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery