"The Saxons' Tribute to King Edward", 1872
oil on canvas
signed and dated lower left.
39-1/4" x 62-3/4", framed 48-7/8" x 72-3/4"
Exhibited: 1872 Royal Academy Exhibition, London, inventory #358.
Literature: Algernon Graves, The Royal Academy Exhibitions, Vol. III (London: Chiswick Press) 1905/6; London Society: An Illustrated Magazine of Light and Amusing Literature, Vol. XXI (London: W. Clowes & Sons) 1872, p. 279.
Notes: "(Hardy)…will win further fame by his Saxon Wolf-Hunters returning with their tribute of wolves-heads. Mr. Heywood Hardy illustrates, on a canvas over five feet long, an incident common enough, doubtless in the days of King Edgar, who, bent on exterminating the beasts from these islands, demanded a yearly tribute of wolves-heads…the whole scene, vigorous in action, novel, and admirably painted, must make its mark."
London Society 1872