PIDDING, Henry James

1795 - 1864

Henry James Pidding, was born in June 1795 and baptised at St James, Westminster, London on 30 August 1795, son of James Pidding, a stationer and lottery-office keeper at No. 1 Cornhill, Westminster, and his wife Sarah née Stainforth, who married at St James on 12 April 1793. In 1818, Henry's father James, held the licence for the State Lottery Officce at 1 Cornhill and at 296 Holborn, London. Henry attained some note by his paintings of humorous subjects from domestic life and was a prolific exhibitor at the Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street Gallery, London being elected a member in 1843. Henry also exhibited pictures at the Royal Academy; the British Institution, and various local exhibitions including the Suffolk Fine Arts Association [q.v.] at Ipswich when he had on display 'Entertainment at the Expense of Poor Tray'. Several of his pictures were engraved, some by his own hand in mezzotint, such as ‘The Greenwich Pensioners’, ‘Massa out, Sambo very Dry’, ‘A Negro in the Stocks’, ‘A Fair Penitent,’ &c. In 1836 Pidding etched a series of six humorous illustrations for ‘The Rival Demons,’ an anonymous poem. In 1851, an unmarried 52 year old 'animal portrait painter', living at Ashburnham Grove, Greenwich where he died on 13 June 1864, aged 67[sic], leaving as his executor his brother Charles (4 January 1799-1886).
Using an incorrect death age he is often incorrectly given a birth year of 1797, City of Westminster Archives Centre gives his correct birth and baptism date and parentage.

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