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Henry Perlee Parker
Dates: British, 1795 - 1873
Biographical Account:

Henry Perlee Parker was born in 1795 in Devonport in Plymouth. His father taught marine and mechanical drawing at the docks. By 1814, Henry had become a portrait painter in Plymouth, but in 1815 he moved to Newcastle to continue to work on portraits and local scenes. By 1826 he was painting views of smugglers by the sea, and was given the nickname “Smuggler Parker”. His work was exhibited at the Royal Academy and he was well- known for his painting “Rescue of the Forfarshire Packet by Grace Darling and her father”.


In 1841, Henry Perlee Parker was appointed drawing master at the Wesleyan College (now King Edward VII school) in Sheffield. Before leaving for London in 1845, the oil paintings he produced in Sheffield include The Sheffield Milk Boys, and The Burial of Sir Francis Chantrey, and in watercolour Sheffield from the South-East, and a series showing Sheffield Grinders.

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