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James Barry; Dominique Lefevre; James Paine the Younger
Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

James Barry; Dominique Lefevre; James Paine the Younger 1767

James Barry (1741–1806)

National Portrait Gallery, London

(b Cork, 11 Oct. 1741; d London, 22 Feb. 1806). Irish painter, active mainly in England. In 1763, in Dublin, he met Edmund Burke, an Irish-born statesman and writer (see Sublime), who encouraged him to move to London and financed a lengthy Continental visit (1766–71), which he spent mainly in Rome. There Barry was overwhelmed by the work of the great masters of the Renaissance, underlining his ambition to paint elevated subjects with moral messages.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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