PARDON, James

1792 - 1862

Born at Clerkenwell, London on 18 May and baptised, along with his twin sister Elizabeth, at St James Clerkenwell on 17 June 1792, son of James Pardon (c.1765-1818) and his wife Elizabeth née Baines (1772-1818), who married at St Andrew Holborn on 5 October 1789. According to his advertisements James studied at the Royal Academy Schools and was mainly a portrait artist, he first exhibits at the Royal Academy in 1811/2 from Shoreditch, London and from from Canterbury, Kent 1814-1825 when his address and occupation are noted in directories as 'portrait painter and carver/gilder' at 51 St Peter Street, Canterbury. He married at Yoxford, Suffolk on 31 December 1826, Elizabeth Field and their daughter Agnes was baptised at Yoxford on 23 December 1827. He advertised in the 'Ipswich Journal' of 27 February 1827 'Yoxford. Mr. Pardon, portrait, miniature and animal painter, and drawing master...will attend schools, or give private lessons in drawing and painting'. He exhibited two portraits at the Royal Academy from Yoxford in 1828 and, giving no address, at the Norwich Society of Artists in 1830, five portraits 'Portrait of Miss Marianne Davy', 'Portrait of the Rev. J. Ward, Vicar of Stoke Ash, Suffolk', 'Portrait of Rev. A. Collett', 'Portrait of the Artist's Daughter' and 'A Family Group' and at the same venue in 1833 but from Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk, two further 'Portrait of Orbell Ray Oakes, Esq., Bury' and 'Portrait of a Lady'. He also exhibited at the Society of British Artists and at the Birmingham Society of Artists in 1837 about which time he moved to the Midlands. In 1841 an 'artist' lodging at Kirk's Row, Limehouse, Stepney, London, but his wife and daughter were staying at New Road, Shifnal, a town between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury. James had opened a portrait studio at Shrewsbury and in 1851, a 57[sic] year old artist portrait painter, a visitor at Darlington Street, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, the home of 31 year old schoolmaster, John Fox Warner and his family with his wife and daughter living at College Hill, Shrewsbury, his various addresses were due to commission paintings which is confirmed by an advertisement in the 'Ipswich Journal' of 9 June 1857 'Mr Pardon, portrait painter...Professional visit to the town...has had 20 years practice since his last visit...11 years since he had resided in Bury...Specimens may be seen at Mr. Spanton's [tailor] 29 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmund's'. In 1861, a 67 year old artist portrait painter, living at College Hill, St Chad, Shrewsbury, Shropshire with his 67 year old wife Elizabeth, born Wangford, Suffolk, and 32 year old, now married daughter, Agnes Scoltock, born Yoxford, three lodgers and a servant girl. He died at Shrewsbury in 1862. He is also incorrectly known as James 'Canterbury' Pardon.




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