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Silvester Harding

(1745-1809), Artist and publisher

Artist associated with 215 portraits
Sylvester Harding was a miniaturist and engraver, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme and sent to London to an apprenticeship with a hairdresser as a boy. He ran away at the age of fourteen and spent several years in a company of strolling players before embarking upon a successful career as a miniature painter in 1775. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1777 to 1787. Harding also collaborated on illustrated publications with his brother, a librarian, and his son, an engraver. Published works by Harding include Illustrations from Shakespeare, The Biographical Mirror and Memoirs of Count de Grammont.

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Sir Christopher Hatton, attributed to Silvester Harding, after  Nicholas Hilliard - NPG 2413

Sir Christopher Hatton

attributed to Silvester Harding, after Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour, 1848 (circa 1588-1591)
NPG 2413

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, 1st Bt, by Silvester Harding, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG 2403

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, 1st Bt

by Silvester Harding, after Sir Peter Lely
watercolour, (circa 1663)
NPG 2403

William Bullock, copy attributed to Silvester Harding, after  Thomas Johnson - NPG 2540

William Bullock

copy attributed to Silvester Harding, after Thomas Johnson
watercolour, (circa 1710)
NPG 2540

Sir Thomas Overbury, by Silvester Harding, after  Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger - NPG 3090(1)

Sir Thomas Overbury

by Silvester Harding, after Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
watercolour
NPG 3090(1)

Robert Baddeley, by Silvester Harding - NPG 2541

Robert Baddeley

by Silvester Harding
watercolour and ink on paper, engraved 1794
NPG 2541

Mary Ann Harding, by Silvester Harding - NPG 4615a

Mary Ann Harding

by Silvester Harding
watercolour on off-white card, 1803
NPG 4615a

Mary, Queen of Scots, by Edward Harding, after  Silvester Harding - NPG D25053

Mary, Queen of Scots

by Edward Harding, after Silvester Harding
stipple engraving, possibly late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D25053

John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor, by William Nelson Gardiner, after  Silvester Harding, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D27159

John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor

by William Nelson Gardiner, after Silvester Harding, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D27159

Charlotte Stanley (née de La Trémoille), Countess of Derby, by Thomas Nugent, after  Silvester Harding - NPG D28418

Charlotte Stanley (née de La Trémoille), Countess of Derby

by Thomas Nugent, after Silvester Harding
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D28418

Richard Cromwell, by William Nelson Gardiner, after  Silvester Harding, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D28745

Richard Cromwell

by William Nelson Gardiner, after Silvester Harding, after Samuel Cooper
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D28745

Richard Cromwell, by William Nelson Gardiner, after  Silvester Harding, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D28746

Richard Cromwell

by William Nelson Gardiner, after Silvester Harding, after Samuel Cooper
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D28746

George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, by R. Clamp, after  Silvester Harding - NPG D28789

George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol

by R. Clamp, after Silvester Harding
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D28789

King Charles II, by Andrew Birrell, after  Silvester Harding - NPG D29279

King Charles II

by Andrew Birrell, after Silvester Harding
stipple engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D29279

Henry, Duke of Gloucester, by R. Clamp, after  Silvester Harding - NPG D29323

Henry, Duke of Gloucester

by R. Clamp, after Silvester Harding
stipple engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D29323

John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor, by William Nelson Gardiner, after  Silvester Harding, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D29345

John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor

by William Nelson Gardiner, after Silvester Harding, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D29345

Sir Henry Terne, by Silvester Harding, or by  Edward Harding - NPG D29945

Sir Henry Terne

by Silvester Harding, or by Edward Harding
stipple engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D29945

Francisco Corbetta (Francisque Corbette), by Ignatius Joseph van den Berghe, after  Silvester Harding - NPG D30455

Francisco Corbetta (Francisque Corbette)

by Ignatius Joseph van den Berghe, after Silvester Harding
stipple engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D30455

Mary Davis, by William Nelson Gardiner, after  Silvester Harding, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30705

Mary Davis

by William Nelson Gardiner, after Silvester Harding, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D30705

Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham, by Burrell, after  Silvester Harding, after  Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley - NPG D30856

Louis Duras, 2nd Earl of Feversham

by Burrell, after Silvester Harding, after Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
stipple engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D30856

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, by R. Clamp, after  Silvester Harding, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D31531

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

by R. Clamp, after Silvester Harding, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D31531

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