George Perfect Harding
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George Perfect Harding
by George Perfect Harding
watercolour on off-white card, 1804
3 1/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. (83 mm x 70 mm) oval
Sitterback to top
- George Perfect Harding (1779 or 1780-1853), Portrait painter, copyist and antiquary. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 172 portraits.
Artistback to top
- George Perfect Harding (1779 or 1780-1853), Portrait painter, copyist and antiquary. Artist associated with 172 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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His self-portrait shows him in the uniform of the recently founded Royal York Marylebone Volunteers. Although a private, Harding has depicted the cut of his uniform with the kind of fashionable features reserved for an officer's dress. This is seen in the deep 'V' of the collar to reveal the stock and frilled shirt.
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Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect Harding (From 14 January 2015)
Events of 1804back to top
Current affairsWilliam Pitt returns to office and forms a second coalition administration, retaining many of those who had served under his predecessor Henry Addington but specifically excluding his arch rival Charles James Fox .
Art and scienceWilliam Blake starts writing Jerusalem. One of his most ambitious allegorical poems, it took nearly eight years to complete.
Amidst infighting about submissions to the annual exhibition, attempts are made to unseat painter Benjamin West as President of the Royal Academy and elect architect James Wyatt instead.
InternationalNapoleon declares himself Emperor of France and is crowned as Napoleon I by Pope Pius VII in Paris.
Haiti achieves independence led by Toussaint L'Ouverture, the patriot and martyr who had seized control from the French in 1801. He becomes a symbolic figure of freedom for the British anti-slavery movement.
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