PARKER, Henry Perlee

1795 - 1873

Henry Perlee Parker

Born at Devonport 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, but 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. 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. He exhibited in London from 1817 and 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 was living at Blenheim Villas, New Road Hammersmith, London, and having survived his second wife, died on 11 November 1873. He had fourteen children.

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