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Welsh Landscape with Bridge

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Chile
    City: Santiago
    Place: British Embassy

    While a man and a woman converse on the bank of a river, which courses through rocky terrain, in the distance high above them two figures can be made out, one on horseback, crossing a stone bridge. This romantic view of an unidentified landscape was painted by Benjamin Barker.

    A larger canvas by Barker, landscape in format and showing the same scene from a slightly different angle, was sold through Christie’s in February 1984, from the collection of ‘a lady of title’. The Christie’s work also includes figures in the foreground and crossing the bridge in the distance, although not the same figures depicted here.

  • About the artist
    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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  • Details
    Title
    Welsh Landscape with Bridge
    Date
    1803
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 78.00 cm, width: 65.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Wilton Gallery, February 1955
    Inscription
    br: B.Barker Pinxit / 1803
    GAC number
    3155