Conway Castle

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: USA
    City: Washington DC
    Place: British Embassy

    The Government Art Collection includes four views of Conway Castle by George Barret senior. However, as yet it has not been possible to date any of the works. Barret exhibited views of Llanberies Pool in North Wales at the Royal Academy in both 1776 and 1777, perhaps following a recent visit to the area and his earliest view of Conway Castle may date from the same period.

  • About the artist
    George Barret senior was born in Dublin. He began his artistic career colouring engravings and taught drawing in Dublin while making his own studies of the landscape around the city. By the time Barret moved to London in around 1763, he had established a successful career. Barret became a founder member of the Royal Academy in 1768, exhibiting there until 1782. His landscapes, influenced by Dutch and Italian art, are predominantly views of the wilder areas of Britain, including part of Wales and the Lake District, but also include views of the country estates owned by his various patrons. He was appointed Official Painter to the Chelsea Hospital in 1782, but did not live to complete any work for the hospital.
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  • Details
    Title
    Conway Castle
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 102.00 cm, width: 127.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 17 December 1954
    Provenance
    With The William Gallery; by whom sold through Christie's, London, on 17 December 1954 (Lot 315), as by J. C. Ibbetson; from which sale purchased by Richard Walker on behalf of the Ministry of Works
    GAC number
    3133