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Drawing - Drawing in album of 51 drawings and watercolours by James Duffield Harding
  • Drawing in album of 51 drawings and watercolours by James Duffield Harding
    Harding, James Duffield, born 1798 - died 1863
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Drawing in album of 51 drawings and watercolours by James Duffield Harding

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1850
    ca.1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Harding, James Duffield, born 1798 - died 1863 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Graphite on cream wove paper

  • Credit Line:

    This album was acquired with the help of the Gaster Fund.

  • Museum number:

    E.179:31-2012

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 91, shelf F, box 12

James Duffield Harding (1797-1863) was one of the most popular and influential drawing masters of the 19th century. John Ruskin admired his work, describing him as 'after Turner, unquestionably the greatest master of foliage in Europe'. Harding published a number of drawing manuals, including the Lithographic Drawing Book (1832), Elementary Art, or the Use of the Lead Pencil (1834) and Principles and Practice of Art (1845). Some of the drawings pasted into this album appear to relate to his best-known work, Lessons on Trees (1852).

Harding's manuals are invaluable sources of information about mid-19th century amateur art practice. He probably assembled this album of 51 drawings and watercolours as a teaching aid for his students. As such it gives a fascinating insight into his practice, showing how he used drawings in the context of one-to-one tuition.

Physical description

Drawing of a lake surrounded by trees

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

ca.1850
ca.1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Harding, James Duffield, born 1798 - died 1863 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Graphite on cream wove paper

Dimensions

Height: 14.3 cm, Width: 25.2 cm

Object history note

Purchased, 2011

Descriptive line

Drawing pasted into an album containing 51 drawings and watercolours by James Duffield Harding, UK, ca. 1850

Materials

Graphite

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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