|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1792|
|Death: ||Apr. 1, 1866|
Husband of Caroline Matilda Woodruff Harding. Son of Abell and ---(Smith) Harding.
Sequence of children unknown:
Per "Woodruff Genealogy" Page 673 by Susan Woodruff Abbott.
Portrait painter. Chester Harding was born in Conway, Massachusetts, but spent his early years in the state of New York, and later, moved with his wife and child to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he open a sign-painter's shop.
A portrait painter came through town and Harding, fascinated with the idea of portraiture, used his work paints to create a picture of his wife. The portrait turned out surprisingly well. Portrait orders rolled in, and Harding saved enough money to afford classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Design. He then moved to St. Louis, and traveled and painted portraits the remainder of his life.
In 1820, Harding was working in St. Louis, Missouri. After he heard that the famed pioneer Daniel Boone lived in the area, Harding set out to find him. Harding made the trip to St. Charles County and found Boone living several miles off the beaten path in an old block house. Boone agreed to sit for Chester Harding. Harding's portrait was the only one painted during Boone's lifetime. After Harding created this famous portrait of Daniel Boone from life, he completed two more portraits based on the first one. Many images of Daniel Boone are based on these three paintings by Harding.
While working on the original Boone portrait, George Caleb Bingham met Harding in Franklin, Missouri.
In August 1823, Harding went to England and set up a studio in London, and spent three years studying and painting. He met with great success, painting royalty and the nobility.
He returned to the US in 1826, and settled in Boston, residing in what became known as the Chester Harding House, which now houses the Boston Bar Association. He spent the remainder of his life dividing his time between Massachusetts, England, St. Louis and other southern cities.
He painted portraits of many of the prominent men and women of his time, including James Madison, James Monroe, Daniel Webster and John Quincy Adams. Other famous pictures include portraits of Chief Justice John Marshall and Civil War Major General William T. Sherman.
Caroline Matilda Woodruff Harding (1795 - 1845)*
Mary Ophelia Harding Krum (1818 - 1892)*
Margaret Eliot Harding White (1823 - 1908)*
Chester Harding (1827 - 1875)*
James P. Harding (1830 - 1902)*
Created by: Jeanne Robertson Coronad...
Record added: Aug 19, 2006
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Enjoyed reading Chester's 1866 autobiography, whimsically titled, "My Egotistigraphy."(available for free on Google books.) Harding recounts his career and relates family stories that would find their way into the novels of his granddaughter, Eliza Orne W...(Read more)|
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