The Webster Family, CheltenhamOil on canvas
44 by 56 in. W/frame 50 by 62 in.
Identified on a presentation plaque, and a label affixed to the stretcher
Inventory Number: Art H7
He was born in St James Street, son of an English Merchant. He had an early inclination for art, and was first placed under De Cort, then with Drummond, A.R.A, and finally, for about 18 months, in the studio of Sir Thomas Lawrence.
He first appears, as exhibitor of a portrait at the Royal Academy in 1805, and from that time till his death was a constant contributor, his exhibited works, with three exceptions, being a portrait. Harlow’s chief excellence will be found in his portraits. In 1815 he commenced a series of small size, of the eminent painters and some of the notorieties of the day; they are refined yet broadly finished, and full of character.
A dictionary of Artists of the English School, by Samuel Redgrave, E. Benezit, Dictionairre des Peintres by Grund