Great Tower of Thornbury Castle

  • 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
    Great Tower of Thornbury Castle
    Date
    Medium
    Sepia wash on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 32.50 cm, width: 46.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Appleby Bros, November 1965
    GAC number
    7261