Remoting cannot find field nativeImage on type System.Drawing.Image

This article applies to MS .NET programming, simulated by .NET 3.5 SP 1 using VB.NET.

This exception happens when transferring a bitmap object over remoting and trying to load the proxy bitmap object into a picturebox.

For my case, it occurs during the invocation of System.Drawing.Graphics.DrawImage

The solution is to convert the bitmap object into bytes array (at server), transfer it to client over via remoting and then convert the bytes array into bitmap object again (at client).

<Serializable()> _
Public Class ClsImgData

    Private img As System.Drawing.Bitmap
    Private imgB() As Byte
    Private ms As System.IO.MemoryStream

    Public Sub ProcessImgTOBytesArray()


     ' Assuming that it image file is a jpeg file 
            img = New Bitmap("C:\Temp\img-data-1.jpg")
            ms = New System.IO.MemoryStream()
            img.Save(ms, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageFormat.Jpeg)
            imgB = ms.ToArray()

        Catch ex As Exception

        End Try

    End Sub

    Public Sub ProcessImgFROMBytesArray()

        Dim ms2 As System.IO.MemoryStream
        Dim img2 As System.Drawing.Bitmap


            If Not imgB Is Nothing Then

                ms2 = New System.IO.MemoryStream(imgB)
                img2 = New Bitmap(ms2)

            End If

        Catch ex As Exception
        End Try

    End Sub

End Class


1.) At the server, create a ClsImgData object and then invoke the ProcessImgTOBytesArray method.

2.) Transfers to ClsImgData object to a client via remoting.

3.) At the client, invoke the ProcessImgFROMBytesArray method of the ClsImgData object.

4.) The output file is stored in the variable img2 under ProcessImgFROMBytesArray method.

What is 'nativeImage' field ?

System.Drawing.Bitmap is a tiny managed object. It wraps a handle returned by the unmanaged GDI+ api, stored in the private nativeImage field.