Henry Edridge A.R.A 1768-1821. Jane Sarah Wightwick Knightley aged 5 seated with a dog on her lap. signed and dated lower left 1802. pencil and wash drawing on wove paper laid onto backing mount some slight age discoloration. 18.6 by 27 cms.
Jane Sarah Wightwick Knightley Howman 1797-1845 is recorded as being born in Warwickshire and dying at Barnsley in Gloucestershire. She is buried in the Churchyard of St George The Martyr Newbold Pacey Warwickshire, The Church there holds a memorial tablet to her.
Henry Edridge was born in Paddington, apprenticed to the mezzotint engraver Wiliam Pether. From 1784 he studied at the Royal Academy Schools, where his work was much admired by the President Sir Joshua Reynolds. In 1786 he was awarded the silver medal and in the same year began exhibiting at the Academy, showing a total of 261 works up until his death in 1821. As well as being a highly talented miniaturist, Edridge painted works on paper and his small, full-length figures in landscapes gained him great repute and success, painting prominent figures such as Lord Nelson and Prime Minister William Pitt.