(b Deptford, London, 1798; d London, Dec 4, 1863).
English painter, engraver and writer. He received his first lessons in painting from his father, J. Harding (d 1846), who was a pupil of Paul Sandby. By 1807 the family had moved to Greenwich where Harding spent much of his time drawing and painting in Greenwich Park. In 1811 at the age of 14 he exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy. He had lessons in watercolour painting from Samuel Prout and in 1816 he won the Society of Arts silver medal for landscape painting. He also learnt engraving from John Pye and subsequently became a skilled engraver and lithographer.
Harding travelled extensively throughout Britain and Europe painting topographical views, many of which were engraved and published in the landscape annuals which became popular in the middle of the 19th century. In 1836 he published Sketches at Home and Abroad, followed by a number of books on the teaching of drawing. ...