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Twilight on the Dee, North Wales

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Hospitality, Lancaster House
  • About the artist
    Thomas Barker was born in Pontypool, South Wales. Both his father and brother were also painters. The family moved to Bath in about 1782 and, as a result, he would become known as Barker of Bath. He was educated by coachbuilder and collector, Charles Spackman. Although not thought to have had any formal artistic training, Barker copied 17th-century paintings in Spackman’s collection and, sponsored by Spackman, spent three years in Italy from 1790. Barker was a pioneer in the art of lithography and his considerable output is mainly paintings of rural life, but also includes religious, historical and contemporary social subjects. Despite earlier success, he died in poverty at Doric House, Bath, a picture gallery he commissioned in 1803.
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  • Details
    Title
    Twilight on the Dee, North Wales
    Date
    1825
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 118.50 cm, width: 170.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 16 July 1954
    Inscription
    sd
    Provenance
    With Gooden & Fox, London; by whom sold through Christie's, London, on 16 July 1954 (Lot 37); from which sale purchased by Richard Walker on behalf of the Ministry of Works
    GAC number
    2815