Low Tide, Katwijk Shore, Holland

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Netherlands
    City: The Hague
    Place: British Embassy

    Several figures can be seen on the beach at Katwijk and, in the water beyond them, small sailing boats are approaching the shore in this watercolour view by Thomas Bush Hardy.

    The small coastal town of Katwijk is a fishing community to the north of Scheveningen, in the province of South Holland, the Netherlands. Hardy was resident in Holland as a young artist and began to visit the town during the 1860s. He painted numerous similar watercolour views of the beach.

  • About the artist
    Thomas Bush Hardy, marine artist, was born in Sheffield. As a youth he travelled to America, where he fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War of 1860 to 1865. He then lived in France and Holland, before returning to England. He is best remembered for his paintings of the River Thames and English coastal shipping scenes. He regularly exhibited work at the Royal Academy and the New Watercolour Society between 1871 and 1897 and, in 1884, was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists. He died in London on 15 December 1897 and was survived by eight children, of whom three became artists, the most well-known being Dudley Hardy (1867-1922), a painter and illustrator.
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  • Details
    Title
    Low Tide, Katwijk Shore, Holland
    Date
    Medium
    Watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 22.80 cm, width: 46.10 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Gilbert Davis, July 1964
    Inscription
    bl: T.B.Hardy. Katwijk Shore. / Low Tide
    GAC number
    1776