Henry Hardy Cole was the brother of Alan S. Cole and son of Sir Henry Cole.
One of the first writers on Indian art and architecture, his books include an Illustration of Ancient Buildings of Kashmir published in 1870. He was involved in his father's organisation of the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum). Hitter and Clunas write "In the Eastern Galleries of the South Kensington Museum itself, the most striking exhibit was a massive plaster cast of the Eastern Gateway of the Great Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi (fig. 96). Henry Cole's son Henry Hardy Cole, the writer of the first 'history of Indian art,' arranged the Indian collection into three different periods - Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic - to indicate the contributions to Indian art attributed to the different races, although such a racial classification is not supported by evidence."
Mitter, Partha, and Craig Clunas, 'The Empire of Things: Engagement with the Orient', in http://www.vam.ac.uk (accessed 2005).