HARDING, James Duffield (1797–1863), landscape painter and lithographer. Autograph letter signed to Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, 2 sides, 8vo, 3 Abercorn Place [St John’s Wood, London], Dec. 6th 1856, thanking him for his assistance, which he would have hesitated to have sought “If I could have anticipated the impossibility on the part of the Committee to comply with my request”.
Harding trained under Samuel Prout, and exhibited drawings at the Royal Academy from 1811 when he was thirteen. He was elected a member of the Society of Painters in Water Colours in 1821, from whom he resigned in 1847, in hopes of election to the Royal Academy as an oil painter, but meeting no success there returned to the watercolourists in 1856. His correspondent, Sir Charles Lock Eastlake (1793–1865), was at this time (1856) President of the Royal Academy, and Director of the National Gallery. ODNB