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Landscape with Figures

  • 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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    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Landscape with Figures
    Date
    1836
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 76.00 cm, width: 96.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Jeremy Maas Gallery, November 1963
    Inscription
    sdbl
    Provenance
    Collection of ‘Lord Cragoe[?]’; from whom purchased by J. S. Maas & Co. Ltd., London, on 29 July 1963; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in November 1963
    GAC number
    6308