Thursday, January 31, 2013

E. Chambré Hardman and the art of pet portraiture

Margaret and Dog in a Boat

Irish photographer Edward Fitzmaurice Chambré Hardman (1898-1988) may be best known for his studio portraits and landscapes, but I've become smitten with his images of animals, particularly his cats and dogs. Some of the animals were his own (like Pep, above, with the artist's wife), while others belonged to friends and sitters. As an animal lover and cat owner (and as my fiancé and I begin the search for a puppy!), this sort of imagery just tickles me. Hardman captured their personalities brilliantly, and I suspect he had a very good time doing it.

Mr. and Mrs McDonald's Spaniel


Mrs H. S. Strother's Dog

Mr. and Mrs A. M. Blessett's Cat
The Last of the Leisured Class

A Cheshire Cat

Withinlee Witness (English Setter)

For more information on Hardman's work, visit the The Hardmans' House blog. You can also purchase prints of Hardman's work (including those posted here) through the National Trust.

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