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James Barry (1741-1806), Painter

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 10 portraits
Painter; born in Cork of humble parents, he attracted the patronage of the statesman, Edmund Burke who sent him to Italy. Inspired by antique art, he executed several large historical works in a neo-classical style and, from 1777 to 1783, he decorated the great room of the Society of Arts. An ardent spokesman for high art, he became disillusioned with contemporary patronage and quarrelled with most of his colleagues.

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James Barry; Dominique Lefevre; James Paine the Younger

by James Barry
oil on canvas, circa 1767
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 213


Edmund Burke

after James Barry
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, 1774
On display in Room 14 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 854


Samuel Johnson

by James Barry
oil on canvas, circa 1778-1780
NPG 1185


Edward Heardson

by John Raphael Smith, published by and after James Barry
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D35646


Edward Heardson

by John Raphael Smith, published by and after James Barry
mezzotint, late 18th century
NPG D35647


Anna Maria Crouch

by Edward Harding, after James Barry
hand-coloured stipple engraving, late 18th century
NPG D13716


Charles Butler

by Robert William Sievier, published by William Clarke & Sons, after James Barry
stipple engraving, published 10 February 1817
NPG D8639


Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis

by Roberts, after James Barry
stipple engraving, (circa 1775-1800)
NPG D14603

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