• Plymouth Sound, looking across Drake Island from Mt. Edgcumbe, Plymouth beyond -
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    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour

    226 x 332 mm., 9 x 13 ¼ in.

     

    Provenance:

    With James King, Liverpool

     

    Engraved:

    By William Finden as a steel engraving for `Ports, Harbours, Watering Places and Coast Scenery of Great Britain', 1842, vol. I, opp. p.133

    Finden describes this view as follows (op. cit.): `The view of Plymouth is taken from the grounds of Mount Edgecumbe, looking across the lower part of the Sound. About the middle distance is St. Nicholas’ Island; beyond which are perceived the ramparts of the citadel. Between the citadel and the point of land to the right, where several small vessels are seen, is the entrance of the creek called the Catwater.’

  • A Cottage on Hampstead Heath -
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    With artist's studio stamp lower right and inscribed: Hampstead Fields/march 6th 1857 -

    Black chalk and stump

    24.7 by 35 cm., 9 ¾ by 13 ¾ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Prince Donatus of Hohenzollern

     

    Literature:

    The Heath and Hampstead Society Newsletter, September 2006, vol. 37, no.3

     

    In the mid nineteenth century, Hampstead Heath was significantly smaller than it is today and was confined to the area immediately to the west of Hampstead. Parliament Hill was added in 1888 and the Kenwood Estate in the 1920s. Between 1831 and 1871 local residents fought a long legal battle with Sir Thomas Maryon Wilson, the owner of the heath who wanted to build houses on it. It was finally saved for the nation in 1871.

  • Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee -
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    black chalk heightened with white on grey paper

    12.7 by 17.8cm., 5 by 7 inches

     

    This is a preliminary sketch for an engraving by Harding based on an on-the-spot sketch by Count Leon de Laborde for Edward Finden?s Landscape illustrations of the Bible, published 1832-35. Turner produced twenty-eight illustrations for the same publication.

     

    Provenance:

    Clarissa Sophia Harding, 1843

  • View of Sorrento, Italy -
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    pencil, black chalk and watercolour on blue paper

    17.8 by 12.2cm., 7 by 4 3/4 inches

     

    Provenance:

    Clarissa Sophia Harding, 1843

     

    Harding first visited Italy in 1824 and returned there in 1831 and 1834. Sorrento stands on the south-east side of the Bay of Naples.

  • An album of Tree and Landscape studies -
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    Fifty-one, twenty-two brown wash, twelve pencil, eleven black chalk and six watercolour, two on Whatman Turkey Mill paper dated 1850

     

    Including studies of trees, cottages, landscapes, castles, rocks and yachts Various sizes, bound in an album embossed: STUDIES/BY/J.D. HARDING

     

    This rare intact album of drawings by Harding may have been made as a learning aid for pupils. Two of the sheets are watermarked 1850, the year Harding published ?Lessons on Trees? so they may be studies relating to that publication. John Ruskin admired Harding?s work and described him as `after Turner, unquestionably the greatest master of foliage in Europe? (see John Ruskin, Modern Painters, vol. I, p.382)

     

    Provenance:

    Geoffrey Roberts, King?s Nympton, Devon, 1962

  • Landeck, Austria -
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    Signed lower left: JDHarding/1841

    Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour

    323 x 208 mm., 11 ½  x 8 in.

     

    Provenance

    Sir Thomas Lucas of 12a Kensington Palace Gardens, his sale, Christie’s, 9th June 1902, lot 170, bt. Vokins for 11 guineas

    William Cooke of North Bank, Muswell Hill, his sale, Christie’s, 8th June 1917, lot 30, bt. Matthews for 18 guineas

     

    Landeck is located in the Tyrolean Oberland in the west of Austria and is capital of the region of the same name. It is situated at 820 metres in the valley of the Inn River. A version of this watercolour was engraved for Harding’s Sketches at Home and Abroad, 1836, p.21.

     

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