JAMES, John (1782-1868) clergyman & religious author. Full length painted silhouette

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JAMES, John (1782-1868) clergyman and religious author. Full length painted silhouette of a figure in robes, on card 19 x 25cm, identified in a manuscript inscription on the reverse backing card as “John James D.D. Canon of Peterborough b.1782 at Cambridge June 12th, d.1868 at Peterborough Dec.14”. Unframed, but with backing board which bears the inscription and an old dealer stamp mark.

John James was born in Cambridge in 1782, the son of John James. He attended Rugby School, and was admitted a Probationary Fellow of St John's College Oxford in 1799, obtaining his BA degree 1803, and his MA and DD degrees in 1831. He served in several church appointments, mainly based in Northamptonshire, and notably was in 1829 appointed Canon residentiary of the cathedral church of Peterborough by Bishop Marsh. James wrote numerous religious works, described in his obituary as “uniting orthodoxy of teaching with fervour of feeling and expression”. He had four sons, including the Rev. John Burleigh James (1811-1891); the Rev Robert James (1817-1843) and the Rev. Edward James (born 1827). A portrait print of John James D.D. by George Zobel after the mezzotint by John Ponsford, published 1857, is in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery.

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