''The prolific English artist Dudley Hardy is best known for his work for publications and the theatre, both as a illustrator and posterist. His work for commercial firms is considerably rarer. And yet his contribution to poster art is considerable: 'He really introduced the colour poster to England. His posters are strongly derivative of Cheret's. Like Cheret he appreciated the advertising value of sex-appeal, and his recurring subjects are legs, tutu's, frou-frous and legs again. The range of expression and antic is between a frisky insousance and a brassier glamour' (Hillier p.97)'' (Rennert, PAI-XXIX, 397)
Dudley Hardy was born in Sheffield on 15 January 1867.