George Perfect Harding

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George Perfect Harding

by George Perfect Harding
watercolour and bodycolour on card, 1804
3 1/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. (83 mm x 70 mm) oval
Purchased, 1968
Primary Collection
NPG 4615

On display in Room 5 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sitterback to top

  • George Perfect Harding (1779 or 1780-1853), Portrait painter, copyist and antiquary. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist or producer associated with 173 portraits.

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  • George Perfect Harding (1779 or 1780-1853), Portrait painter, copyist and antiquary. Artist or producer associated with 173 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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  • NPG 4615a: Mary Ann Harding (companion portrait)

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Current affairs

William 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 science

William 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.

International

Napoleon 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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