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. 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 1842 he became Drawing Master at Wesley's College, Sheffield but on the death of his first wife in 1844, he settled in London. 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 secondly at Kensington in 1867, Amelia Wagstaff and in 1871 they were living at Blenheim Villas, New Road Hammersmith, London. 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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