Harry John Johnson (1826-1884)
Sunset at Seaford
Signed with monogram l.r., inscribed with title l.l., watercolour with bodycolour and
16 x 25 cm; 6 ¼ x 9 ¾ inches
Framed size 35.5 x 42 cm.; 14 x 16 ½ inches
Martin Hardie (1875-1952);
Christopher and Rosemary Warren, Bristol until 2020
Johnson was born in Birmingham where he studied under Samuel Restell Lines. He was then a pupil of William James Müller in London, accompanying him on Sir Charles Fellowes’ expedition to Lycia in 1843.
On Johnson’s return to London he became a founder member of the Clipstone Street Academy, along with Müller, participating in its life drawing and painting sessions with a variety of models from the streets. Johnson made sketching trips with David Cox to North Wales from 1844.
The artist was elected an associate member of the R.I. in 1868 and a full member two years later. His work can be found in many museum collections, including the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum.
Martin Hardie (1875-1952) was the author of the three-volume bible of British watercolourists Water-Colour Painting in Britain and a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum. He was also an authority on print making on which he published extensively as well as a practising artist in both watercolour and etching.