James Duffield Harding

Twickenham

1839

Medium
Chalk and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 270 x 384 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Art Fund (Herbert Powell Bequest) 1967
Reference
T00996

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The son of a drawing-master living in Deptford, London, Harding was taught by Samuel Prout before being apprenticed to an engraver. He abandoned engraving after a year and devoted himself to painting in watercolour, teaching and lithography. In 1824 Harding made the first of several trips to Italy, and followed Prout in specialising in the continental picturesque.

Harding became the foremost drawing-master of his day; John Ruskin was among his pupils in the 1840s. He was well-known for his illustrations in the Landscape Annual  as well as for the lithographs he made for his own published portfolios and manuals.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

James Duffield Harding 1798–1863

T00996 Twickenham 1839

Inscribed Twickenham Oct. ‘14 1839’ b.l.
Black chalk and watercolour on buff paper, 10¿ x 15¿ (27 x 38.4).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund from the Herbert Powell Bequest 1967.
Coll: Herbert Powell, entrusted to the N.A.-C.F. 1929.
Exh: see Atkins T00964.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.

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