Benjamin Barker was born in Bath, the younger brother of the acclaimed painter Thomas Barker (1769-1847), known as ‘Barker of Bath’. Despite the eclipsing fame of his brother, Benjamin enjoyed a successful career as a landscape painter, teacher of drawing and painting, and a restorer of pictures. Between 1800 and 1831 he regularly exhibited landscape views of English and Welsh locations at the Royal Academy; in addition to showing his work at the Society of Painters in Water Colours and the British Institution up to 1821. Barker died in 1838 at the home of his artist daughter, Marianne, at Totnes in Devon.
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