Edridge A.R.A., Henry (1769 - 1821)
Portrait of a young woman playing a guitar; possibly Mrs J Williams. Pencil and watercolour. Signed and dated, 1808. Exhibited: Probably Royal Academy, 1808, no. 581 ('Mrs J Williams'). 16x11.5 inches. Framed: 23x18.5 inches.

Edridge was trained as an engraver and worked as a miniaturist early in his career. His full length portrait drawings that combine precisely drawn features with more broadly drawn figures and landscape settings were very popular from the 1790s onwards. War with France began on the Iberian Peninsular in 1808 and the sitter, in fancy dress and carrying her Spanish guitar, is making a fashionable statement of association with Britain's ally Spain.

This work appears in the Exhibition: BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER 2024