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Henry Edridge (1769-1821)

Henry Edridge was born at Paddington in London, the son of a tradesman. He was apprenticed at the age of fifteen to an engraver in mezzotints although Edridge soon began to specialise in painting and went on to study at the Royal Academy. He attracted the attention of Sir Joshua Reynolds and established a successful career as a portrait painter. His subjects included Lord Nelson, the explorer Mungo Park, the Methodist missionary Thomas Coke and the Prime Minister William Pitt. His portrait of John Wesley at the age of 88 was said to have been the last painted from life.

Edridge died in London in April 1821.

Source: Dictionary of National Biography

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