PARKER, Henry Perlee

1795 - 1873

Henry Perlee Parker

Henry Perlee Parker, was born at Devonport, Devon on 15 March and baptised at Stoke Damerel, Devon on 15 June 1795, son of Robert Parker, a teacher of marine and mechanical drawing at Plymouth Dockyard, and his wife Mary Elizabeth. He originally intended for the medical profession but was instructed in drawing by his father. In 1815 he married Amy Morfey of Woodbridge, Suffolk and set up as a portrait-painter but, meeting with little success, in 1816 moved North and settled at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and exhibited in London from 1817. At Newcastle he was sponsored by two wealthy men, Charles John Brandling (4 February 1769-February 1826) and his brother-in-law, Walter Fawkes, a Yorkshire man and, with other artists, he inaugurated the first Fine Art Exhibition in the North of England in 1822 which led to the founding of the North of England Society for the Promotion of Fine Arts. In 1829 he was elected an honorary member of the Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. In 1842 he became Drawing Master at Wesley's College, Sheffield but on the death of his first wife in 1844, he settled in London. In 1846 took a second wife Mary Ann Barrett (1814-1865) and in 1851, a 56 year old artist painter, living at Cambridge Road, Hammersmith, London with a 36 year old wife, who was born at Lancaster. He did not confine himself to portraits, but painted historical and marine subjects, and excelled in smugglers and exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Art Association [q.v.] at Ipswich in 1850, three works 'A Shady Nook at Ivy Bridge, in Devonshire', 'Sun Dispelling a Mist with Smugglers Landing' and 'Smugglers landing their Cargo by Moonlight'. He married again, at Kensington in 1867, Amelia Wagstaff (1808-1872) and in 1871, a 76 year old retired artist, living at Blenheim Villas, New Road Hammersmith, London with his 62 year old wife Amelia. Having survived his second wife, he died at 1 Blenheim Villas, Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London on 9 November 1873. He had fourteen children including Henry Raphael Hyde Parker (1829-1886) who was one of the executors.

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