About the artist
Robert Barker was born in Kells, in County Meath, Ireland. He was an inventor and painter, specialising in panoramas. His first panorama was a view of Edinburgh, exhibited in 1788. He went on to paint similar panoramic views of several cities, including London, Dublin, Athens and Lisbon. In the following years, Barker’s large scale panoramas became increasingly popular and, in 1793, he was able to build a house in Leicester Square. Barker had two sons. Following his death in 1806, his sons held art exhibitions at his former home.
Robert Barker (1739 - 1806)
- North Foreland
- Watercolour and ink on paper
- height: 35.00 cm, width: 55.50 cm
- Purchased from Sir Bruce Ingram, 1963
- br: Barker. 1798.
- Collection of journalist and newspaper editor Sir Bruce Stirling Ingram (1877-1963) and on loan to the Ministry of Works from 1952; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1963
- GAC number