James Pardon lived at Shoreditch in London and worked in Canterbury and later in Suffolk. He acquired a reputation as a painter of army officers: one of the portraits he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1825 represented a musician of the 15th Hussars; and the National Army Museum in London owns a portrait of his that depicts another officer of that regiment. In view of the delicate handling and minute attention to detail in these works, it is not surprising that the artist was described as a miniature painter in the Royal Academy catalogue of exhibitors.
An Officer of the 4th Light Dragoons: probably Lt-Col. James John Hugonin (1782-1854)
Oil on canvas
height: 73.00 cm, width: 60.50 cm
Purchased from Christie's, 6 February 1953
Collection of ‘M. Bernard’; by whom sold through Christie’s, London, on 6 February 1953 (Lot 99), for £52.10.0; from which sale purchased by ‘Eccles’ (David McAdam Eccles, first Viscount Eccles, 1904-1999) on behalf of the Ministry of Works
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