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Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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One of the last great novelists of the nineteenth century, who combined realism with a critical view of Victorian society. Hardy's writing centred on tragic characters whose lives are played out against rural landscapes, closely based on his native Dorset. He trained as an architect and wrote in his spare time until the success of 'Far from the Madding Crowd' from 1874. Other major works include 'The Return of the Native' from 1878, 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' from 1891, 'The Dynasts', published between 1904 and 1908 and the poetry volume, 'Satires of Circumstance' from 1914.

National Portrait Gallery, London







H 34.9 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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donated, 1927

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incised and dated


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