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Henry Edridge

(1769-1821), Portrait painter and landscape draughtsman

Artist associated with 115 portraits
Apprenticed to the mezzotint engraver William Pether, Edridge acquired an eye for detail in this meticulous work; he also studied his master's other work as a miniaturist. He attended the Royal Academy Schools from 1784 where Sir Joshua Reynolds much admired Edridge's copies of his works. Edridge set up his own portraiture business in 1789 and became well known for a style of portraiture that combined the delicacy of miniature painting with breadth of draughtsmanship. As well as painting in oils, he made a large number of watercolour portraits. He would draw his subjects in soft lead pencil, applying watercolour with the stippling technique and using washes of colour to enrich drapery.

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Mary Gwyn (née Horneck), attributed to Henry Edridge - NPG 3152

Mary Gwyn (née Horneck)

attributed to Henry Edridge
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, circa 1790
On display in the Room 14: miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3152

Samuel Bentham, by Henry Edridge - NPG 3069

Samuel Bentham

by Henry Edridge
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, circa 1795-1800
NPG 3069

Mungo Park, after Henry Edridge - NPG 1104

Mungo Park

after Henry Edridge
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, based on a work of before 1806
NPG 1104

Robert Fellowes, by Henry Edridge - NPG 6298

Robert Fellowes

by Henry Edridge
watercolour on ivory, circa 1800
NPG 6298

John Hookham Frere, by Henry Edridge - NPG 1473

John Hookham Frere

by Henry Edridge
pencil and chalk, circa 1800
NPG 1473

Robert Southey, by Henry Edridge - NPG 119

Robert Southey

by Henry Edridge
pencil, chalk and wash, 1804
NPG 119

Robert Bloomfield, by Henry Edridge - NPG 2926

Robert Bloomfield

by Henry Edridge
watercolour, circa 1805
NPG 2926

Sir Thomas Foley, by Henry Edridge - NPG 1459

Sir Thomas Foley

by Henry Edridge
pencil and watercolour, 1807
NPG 1459

George Chalmers, by Henry Edridge - NPG 2196

George Chalmers

by Henry Edridge
pencil and watercolour, 1809
NPG 2196

William Mitford, after Henry Edridge - NPG 1760a

William Mitford

after Henry Edridge
pencil, based on a work of circa 1811
NPG 1760a

Thomas Harley, by John Hall, after  Henry Edridge - NPG D10582

Thomas Harley

by John Hall, after Henry Edridge
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D10582

John Wesley, by William Ridley, after  Henry Edridge - NPG D2979

John Wesley

by William Ridley, after Henry Edridge
stipple engraving, published March 1792
NPG D2979

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