Portrait of the Misses Leader (1813-1814). George Henry Harlow (English, 1787-1819). Oil on canvas. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Harlow’s portraits are well conceived, and, though much in the manner and style of Lawrence, have a character of their own. His portraits of ladies were always graceful and pleasing. William Leader, father of the Misses Leader, was a wealthy M.P.
Miss Harlow was one of the original Plaster Casters and performed with The Cockettes. Harlow split from her home in San Diego when she was 17 in 1965. She has lived in San Francisco and Hollywood and Seattle. Harlow said she would love to be an actress.
“I don’t mind being called a groupie. I go where the music is.”