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Jack Hardcastle

 (1884 - 1973)
Jack W. Hardcastle was active/lived in Canada.  Jack Hardcastle is known for marine, sailing ship painting.

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Artist Bulletins for Jack W. Hardcastle

24 archived bulletin(s) below.    (Note:  Bulletins are no longer updatable as of 2015.)

J W Hardcastle
Jim Willows (10/07/2014)
I have a painting by J W Hardcastle dated 1928 of the Princess Elaine. My Father left the painting to me when he died in 1969.

Happy to see this website has been made
ann-marie hewer (05/09/2011)
Jack Hardcastle grew up in Nanaimo and my grandmother, Pearl Cartwright Reynolds knew his family well. One of his sons was friends of my father, C. Murray Reynolds. I am privileged to have several of his paintings, most of which I purchased from Mr. Hardcastle in his southend home. He always wrote the history of the ship and attached it to the back of the painting. He did send one painting to the Cutty Sark docked on the Thames River and told me that he discovered that it wasn't on display at the museum. This ired him, and he investigated to find out why. He related to me that Prince Phillip had noted it in the museum, and as Phillip liked it, the maritime museum gave it to Phillip to take home with him. Thus, Jack again sent over to that museum another painting to replace it. I wonder what's happened to it now?

John (Jack) W Hardcastle
Ted (11/02/2010)
I am a grandson of Jack Hardcastle and have inherited a number of paintings painted by my grandfather. I also have what most of us in the family called the copper sail. It is a model of a sailing ship that has copper sheeting for sails. The parts for the model were made in China in the 1930's and brought to Canada by his twin brother Charles. The model was put together by the brothers and Jack's son in the basement of the house on Haliburton Street. I also have a couple of his lifebuoys (one is done in a shadow box) and some Christmas cards with some of his paintings.

My grandmother was turned away at gangplank of Titanic just as Mr. Hardcast
Diane Trimble (10/07/2010)
My grandmother was turned away at the health check point on the gangplank of the Titanic. It appeared her young son, my uncle Lewn seemed to have the measles. He did not have the measles. Same little grandmother, years later had a ticket to ride the Luisitania on it's last voyage, again her life was spared. The hotel she was staying in had an outbreak of Typoid Fever and they were quarantined. She was always quiet and humble about surviving, she only quietly discussed it when asked.

C HARDCASTLE (09/25/2010)
I have several Hilroy loose-leaf binder covers featuring ships that I could lend to Naniamo museum retrospective. These were taken as inheritance from Jack's paint shop. I believe he passed at 96 of age,makes birth in 1884.

I own a Hardcastle watercolour
Robin Hooper (06/01/2010)
I bought my painting in 1972 at The Victoria Maritime Museum, where he had several for sale. It is of the Benjamin F. Packard, US clipper ship. It has a fresh lively look and amazing detail for a 91 year-old man. I was a sailor & painter,and treasure his fine painting.

Developing Hardcastle Retrospective
David (04/22/2010)
The Nanaimo Museum is developing an exhibit featuring the life and work of Jack Hardcastle. He was a prolific painter and we are fortunate to have several of his paintings and souvenir life rings in our collection. We also have the large mural featuring the Pamir and other ships. We would appreciate hearing from collectors who might consider a loan of a Hardcastle for this exhibit, possibly in late 2011. Thanks. dht

J.W. Hardcastle Paintings
M.F. (07/26/2009)
My Father just gave me one of his Hardcastle Paintings. At first is seemed like a simple painting but I always get great comments about his painting. Mine is of the ship Carnatic 1859. I believe it was painted in 1954 and there is a nice write up of the painting on the back. I am very proud to own this painting and makes me look closer at the other painting my dad has at his place

J. Hardcastle Painting
B. B. (05/26/2009)
I have a J. Hardcastle Painting called Barque Nanaimo. The ship was built in 1882 and was called Nanaimo. Biggest ship built on the BC coast a that time. Hand written on paper on back. Oil painting was given to my father about 65 yrs ago by a close family friend. It was passed on to me 39 years ago. It is painted on the port side of the sailing ship. It is on hardboard. It has been a wonderful heirloom. It was passed on to my father by the largest collector of Hardcastle paintings on Bainbridge Island, as a treasured gift. It is fun to hear Mr. Hardcastles history and family stories in this website. Thank you for sharing. Please feel free to email. Thanks

Hi from
John Mitchell (04/06/2009)
I have a number of the little Lifesaver paintings. I will be doing a short story on my website. I have heard that Mr. Hardcastle paid for his travel by painting these little souvenirs for the on board tourist. Any truth to this? Thanks British Columbia Historian John Mitchell

Jack W. Hardcastle
Greg Rist (01/25/2009)
This is amazing; I am one of his grandson’s on the Rist side. I too have many pictures of him painting, but alas, I only have one small painting. I am currently, making a family tree and would love to get in touch with anyone who has more information on him, his paintings and his past. I of course will share any info I have on him. Please free email.

Hardcastle House, Nanaimo
David Stanley (06/21/2008)
Today I walked past Hardcastle House at 364 Haliburton St., Nanaimo, where Jack Hardcastle lived until his death at the age of 90. His house is featured in "A Walk Through Time", a travel brochure on South Nanaimo published by the Nanaimo Heritage Commission. The brochure says that Hardcastle's work "graced the covers of approximately 60 million school exercise books." For more information on Nanaimo visit GoNanaimo

Oldest granddaughter of JW Hardcastle
Eileen (05/08/2008)
I am the oldest of the grandchildren. I have been to Whitby a number of times, the most recent 5 years ago, and walked the Whitby harbour where he did some of his painting. I also visited the home where he was raised. It has now been turned into a lawyer's office. I also have a lot of newspaper articles and writeups my grandfather did. Did you know that my grandfather was walking up the gangplank of the "Titanic" only to be turned away because it was full!

JW Hardcastle
Brenda (03/29/2008)
I am one of Jack Hardcastle's granddaughters. I have a few of his paintings and many photos, newspaper clipping etc of him painting. I also have a copy on cd of an interview he did for a show called Klahnie back in the 60's.

art paintings
Rick (01/06/2008)
I have two oil painting by J.W Hardcastle. The first one was done in 1959 the Princess Royal and the second one was done in 1964 the clipper ship "Glory of the Seas". My grandma and grandpa were friends of the Hardcastles. His oil paintings are very good.

Jack Hardcastle
Karry (10/08/2006)
As a child, I lived 4 houses away from Mr. Hardcastle and often watched him paint in the shed at the back of his property.

Hardcastle paintings
gerald boyd (03/24/2006)
We have two of his watercolors of old sailing shipsand they are beautiful and prompt many comments. My fatherinlaw bought these from Mr. Hardcastle when he was in Naniamo on holidays.

jw hardcastle paintings
Carolyn (01/05/2006)
I have a painting of the Rabual painted in l947 by jw Hardcastle for my mother. My father was on the Rabual during WWII and I would like fo find out more about Mr Hardcastle. He left the R out of his name when he signed the painting. It is a watercolor about 18" by 11" done in Vancouver BC in 1947.

JW Harcastle Paintings
Glen (12/26/2005)
My wife gave me two small water colours by JW Hardcastle dated 1947. They are of full rigged ships and were purchased recently when we made a trip to the Nanimo area. There is no identification or description of the ships attached to the paintings. In any case I think they are fantastic and they are now in our home outside of Edmonton.

jack hardcastle
ann (08/30/2005)
My family commissioned a number of painting by him and knew him well. If researchers would like further information, I can try to put you in touch.

JW Hardcastle
David Hardcastle (04/04/2005)
I am the grandson referred to and I have some of my grandfather's paintings. He is still survived by two daughters and one son.

Jack Hardcastle
Donald Twyman (03/03/2005)
Looking for art work done by him

book research
Evan (02/08/2005)
I am contemplating writing a book on this artist. In my opinion his work is very underrated and it is about time he received the reconition he deserves. Please contact me with any info or if you own a painting by him.

Jack Hardcastle
rick (01/05/2005)
You may know this much already, but if not, this may be helpful. Jack Hardcastle was an artist living in Nanaimo, b.C., Canada, up until his death in 1980. He was locally renowned for his oil and watercolor recreation of ships (ie: bluenose schooner, etc)Interstingly, he would also type a history of each ship and glue it to the back of the framed painting. My family knew him, and I have two watercolors given to my grandfather by him in the 1930's. I did not know him personally, but I seem to remember seeing his paintings being sold through the local simpson sears store in Nanaimo in the 50's or 60's. I believe there are still some Hardcastle family members in the nanaimo area.(I believe his grandson, Dave, is/was a school teacher in the area. You may be able to contact him for more info. I would be interested in finding more info as well, which is why i happened upon this site. Hope this helps, regards RCH

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