(b Dublin, ?1732; d London, 29 May 1784). Irish landscape painter in oils and watercolour. In 1763 he moved to London, where he quickly made a reputation and became a foundation member of the Royal Academy in 1768. Although he sometimes imitated the classical manner of his rival Richard Wilson (who described Barret's foliage as ‘spinach and eggs’), he was primarily a painter of topographical views.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)