James Duffield Harding (1798-1863)

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    James Duffield Harding (1798-1863) was an English landscape painter. Harding was the son of an artist, and took to the same vocation at an early age. He first studied painting and engraving, and then took up watercolour.

    Harding was in the main a watercolour painter and a lithographer, but he produced various oil paintings both at the beginning and towards the end of his career. He frequently contributed to the exhibitions of the Watercolour Society, of which he became an associate in 1821, and a full member in 1822. He also engaged in teaching, and published several books on the arts.

    Harding was noted for facility, sureness of hand, nicety of touch, and the various qualities which go to make up an elegant, highly trained, and accomplished sketcher from nature, and composer of picturesque landscape material. He was particularly skilful in the treatment of foliage. He was the inventor of "Harding's papers" (paper in different tints and textures for sketching).

    He received two gold medals from the Academie des Beaux-Arts for his lithographic plates. He died at Barnes on the 4th of December 1863.