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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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2413

Sir Christopher Hatton

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

2403

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, 1st Bt

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

2540

William Bullock

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

3090(1)

Sir Thomas Overbury

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

2541

Robert Baddeley

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

4615a

Mary Ann Harding

by Silvester Harding
watercolour on off-white card, 1803
On display in Room 3: showcase at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4615a

D25053

Mary, Queen of Scots

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

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

D28418

Charlotte Stanley, Countess of Derby

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

D28745

Richard Cromwell

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

D28746

Richard Cromwell

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

D28789

George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol

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

D29279

King Charles II

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

D29323

Henry, Duke of Gloucester

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

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

D29945

Sir Henry Terne

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

D30455

Francisco Corbetta (Francisque Corbette)

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

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

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

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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