Martin Hardie is an artist of sensitiveness and distinction, who is also Keeper of the Engraving Department at South Kensington and Honorary Secretary of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. He learned his technique under Sir Frank Short, but the soundness of his traditions has not spoiled the individuality of his vision. His is a refined and delicate talent founded upon good draughtsmanship and an exquisite sense of atmosphere.” * ( James Laver, A History of British and American Etching, Ernest Benn Ltd., London, 1929, p. 98.)
An important English etcher, watercolourist, author and scholar, Martin Hardie was educated at Cambridge and studied etching techniques under Sir Frank Short at the Royal College of Art. A great authority on the histories of English watercolours and etchings he was the author of numerous books and articles. Martin Hardie held the influential post of Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1921 to 1935. Among other accomplishments from this post, he created the revival of interest in the watercolours and etchings of Samuel Palmer and his school.
Martin Hardie was a full member of both the Royal Engravers and the Royal Water Colour Society. He was also awarded the prestigious C.B.E. for his contribution to British art. Major collections of Martin Hardie’s etchings and watercolours are located at the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.