Sir Charles Barry
- Extended catalogue entry
Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Sir Charles Barry
by John Prescott Knight
57 in. x 44 in. (1448 mm x 1118 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Inscribed on a damaged label on the stretcher: Portrait of Charles B[arry]
This portraitback to top
Barry is shown with a pair of compasses in his hand, resting his elbow on some partly unrolled architectural plans, which lie on top of a Gothic cupboard (possibly a sideboard or desk). In the background is a view of part of the New Palace of Westminster under construction, to which the plans presumably refer. This may have been the House of Commons, which was not formally opened until 1852, and only fully completed, after Barry's death, by his son.
Referenceback to top
H. Dyson, John Prescott Knight, R.A.: A Catalogue (Stafford Historical & Civic Society, 1971), no. 143.
Physical descriptionback to top
Florid complexion, brown eyes, brown hair. Dressed in dark stock, white shirt, black suit and gold watch-chain. Gothic furniture light-brown. Plans in pencil and scarlet wash. Background, including view of the New Palace, dark brown.
Provenanceback to top
The sitter, presented by his son, Bishop A. Barry, 1900.
Exhibitionsback to top
RA, 1851 (85); Barry Exhibition, Royal Institute of British Architects, 1960.
Reproductionsback to top
Magazine of Art(1901), p 415; Country Life, CCXVIII (1960), 796.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.
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