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Henry Edridge

(1769-1821), Portrait painter and landscape draughtsman

Artist associated with 116 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

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

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, by Edward Scriven, published by  John Bell, after  Henry Edridge - NPG D15686

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn

by Edward Scriven, published by John Bell, after Henry Edridge
stipple and line engraving, published circa 1777-1811
NPG D15686

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