James Duffield Harding

English landscape painter, lithographer and drawing master (1797 - 1863)

Harding was the son of engraver and drawing master John Harding (died 1846). He received a good artistic eduction; he was taught perspective by his father and to paint in watercolour by artist Samuel Prout (1783 - 1852).

Harding first exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1811 at the young age of 13. He continued to exhibit there until 1858. He received further training from the engraver Charles Pye (1777 - 1864) and for a short while worked for architect Peter Frederick Robinson (1776 – 1858). In 1816 the Society of Arts awarded Harding a silver medal. He first exhibited at the Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1818. He was elected associate of the society two years later and a member in 1821. The French Académie des Beaux-Arts awarded him two gold medals for his lithograph drawings exhibited at the Louvre in Paris.

Harding was a skilled lithographer and used this technique to reproduce prints of his own work. He also successfully experimented with a mixture of printing techniques and produced a number of highly regarded publications. He subsequently managed to reach a wide audience with his art.

He travelled extensively throughout Britain and Europe painting topographical views. He began working as a drawing master later in his career and produced many drawing books. Harding was praised by the art critic John Ruskin (1819 - 1900) for his teaching methods. He also encouraged training schemes for art teachers.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London: Deptford
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London: Barnes
  • Cause of death
    Granular induration of the liver, jaundice, and internal haemorrhaging
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