A Long Face

Henry Edridge ARA


It is indeed this gentleman’s elongated face that is his most eye-catching feature in this well-drafted portrait. Wearing a double-breasted teal coat with a lemon waistcoat, it is his fashionably deep neck cloth that frames his face and dictates the angle of his head.

The portrait is set in a gold frame that is glazed on the reverse to show a lock of dark hair with gold wire and seed pearls laid on foiled blue glass. Excellent condition.

The eldest son of a London tradesman, Henry Edridge ARA (1769-1821) was apprenticed to an engraver and, at the age of fifteen, entered the Royal Academy Schools where he came to the notice of the President, Sir Joshua Reynolds, who permitted him to make miniature copies of his works. Edridge exhibited miniatures and watercolour portraits between 1786 and 1821. His London studio attracted aristocratic sitters as well as artists and poets and he was regularly invited to stay at country houses where he would often draw portraits of his host’s family. Edridge was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1820 just six months before he died.

Item Ref. JH019

Size: framed, 90 x 72mm

Provenance: UK Private Collection