HARDY, THOMAS (1840-1928)
PORTRAIT BY OLIVE EDIS (1876-1955), vintage photograph, platinum print, half length, seated holding an open book, photographer's name decoratively blind-stamped in roundel on the mount, framed and glazed, size of image 16 x 10 ½ inches (41 x 2), overall size 24 x 19 inches (61 x 48 cm) 
This photograph was taken at the same session as a coloured photograph in the National Portrait Gallery, though this image itself is not in the national collection. Another of the photographs taken on the same occasion is illustrated opposite page 156 in Florence Hardy, The Later Years and a further one was signed by Hardy for the Society of Authors.
Olive Edis was entirely self-taught and opened her first photographic studio at 34 Colville Terrace and then moved to Sheringham. In 1912 she became one of the first women to use autochromes and two years later was elected a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. In 1918 she was commissioned as a war photographer and in 1920 to photograph the Rockies for the Canadian Pacific Railway. She married Edwin Galsworthy a cousin of the novelist John Galsworthy in 1928. (Shirley Neale). 331 of Edid's sepia platinum prints are in the National Portrait Gallery.
REFERENCES: Florence Hardy, The Later Years of Thomas Hardy 1892-1928, 1930; Shirley Neale, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004.