The portrait by William Strang, completed in 1893, that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery shows Hardy as a more sombre and thoughtful man — perhaps even sadder — than the young would-be dandy recorded in photographs of the 1860s. The grizzled Vandyke of 1892 had been trimmed back to a long, dark, drooping mustache. Tufts of hair curled over his ears. Strang caught Hardy — who at the time was completing Jude the Obscure — in a meditative moment, his balding head prominent, looking downward at something not within a viewer’s line of vision.
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