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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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3152

Mary Gwyn (nee Horneck)

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

3069

Samuel Bentham

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

1104

Mungo Park

after Henry Edridge
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, (circa 1797)
NPG 1104

1434a

Thomas Coke

by Henry Edridge
wash and pencil, 1799
NPG 1434a

6298

Robert Fellowes

by Henry Edridge
watercolour on ivory, circa 1800
NPG 6298

1473

John Hookham Frere

by Henry Edridge
pencil and chalk, circa 1800
NPG 1473

879

Horatio Nelson

by Henry Edridge
watercolour, 1802
NPG 879

119

Robert Southey

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

2926

Robert Bloomfield

by Henry Edridge
watercolour, circa 1805
NPG 2926

1459

Sir Thomas Foley

by Henry Edridge
pencil and watercolour, 1807
NPG 1459

122

William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland

by Henry Edridge
pencil and watercolour, 1809
NPG 122

2196

George Chalmers

by Henry Edridge
pencil and watercolour, 1809
NPG 2196

1434

William Vincent

by Henry Edridge
pencil and watercolour, 1809
NPG 1434

1760a

William Mitford

after Henry Edridge
pencil, (engraved 1811)
NPG 1760a

D10582

Thomas Harley

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

D2979

John Wesley

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