Greenwich Hospital

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Scotland Office, Dover House, Whitehall
  • About the artist
    James Duffield Harding was born in Deptford, Kent; the son of an engraver and drawing-master. He was taught by his father, before studying under S. Prout and C. Pye. In 1818 he began exhibiting at the Society of Painters in Water Colours and he later became a member. He was one of the first to practice lithography. Harding travelled to Italy in 1824 and also toured France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. He was a passionate drawing-master and wrote instructional books. His Italian views on different papers (exhibited 1830) led to the range of ‘Harding papers’, manufactured by Whatman. In 1841 he published ‘The Park and the Forest’, a series of lithotints. He lived in St John’s Wood (1848-60), before moving to Barnes, where he died aged 66.
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  • Details
    Title
    Greenwich Hospital
    Date
    Medium
    Lithograph
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sotheby's, 28 June 1950
    Inscription
    below image: [left] Drawn from Nature and on Stone by J. D. Harding. [right] Printed by C. Hullmandel. / [centre] GREENWICH HOSPITAL. / [centre] London, Pub.d by R. Ackermann, 101, Strand.
    Provenance
    Sold through Sotheby's, London, ‘Old Master and Modern Engraving and Etchings’ sale, on 28 June 1950 (Lot 372; with GAC 1136); from which sale purchased by Richard Walker on behalf of the Ministry of Works
    GAC number
    1137