King James I of England and VI of Scotland on horseback before the Thames, after Francis Delaram
King James I of England and VI of Scotland on horseback before the Thames, after Francis Delaram
King James I of England and VI of Scotland on horseback before the Thames, after Francis Delaram

GEORGE PERFECT HARDING (c.1780-1853)

King James I of England and VI of Scotland on horseback before the Thames, after Francis Delaram

1809 United Kingdom

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Harding, the son of Silvester Harding, Adopted his father's profession, and exhibited at the Royal Academy at intervals between 1802 and 1840; but, like his father, he mainly devoted himself to making water-colour copies of historical portraits.
The growing interest in the history of Britain led to the popularity of antiquarianism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and to a demand for portraits of historical figures in a variety of media. For some forty years, from 1804, George travelled the United Kingdom copying portraits and recording details of their history. His notebooks from this period survive and provide a detailed record of the content of over 250 collections, from castles and country houses to inns of court, university colleges, livery companies and hospitals.

The portrait of James I is based on an extremely rare print by Francis Delaram in the National Portrait Gallery. Francis Delaram, was an English engraver. Delaram left a substantial collection of engraved portraits, landscapes and book illustrations, but his life is practically unknown. The print became a popular image and was engraved by Charles Turner possibly at the same time as Harding produced the drawing. Turner (1774-1857) was an English mezzotint engraver and draughtsman, specialising in portraiture. He was appointed "Mezzotinto Engraver in Ordinary to his Majesty" in 1812 and was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1828. Up to that point he had only exhibited paintings and drawings at the Academy, but from then on also showed prints.
Some minor areas of foxing
Dimensions
Height 32.00 cm (12.60 inches)
Depth 23.00 cm (9.06 inches)
Stock Code
4349
Medium
pen and wash
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Signed and dated 1809, grey wash and ink. inscribed G.W. Martin
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