Cavern Scene near Subiaco, with Figures

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Thomas Barker was the most successful member of an artistic family which had settled in Bath in 1783. A local auctioneer, Charles Spackman, fostered his talent and paid for him to study in Italy from 1790 to 1793. This cavern scene, once known as 'The Bandits', was painted in Rome. Barker spent the rest of his career in Bath and although he was successful as a painter of portraits, rustic landscapes and genre scenes (everyday life) his popularity declined and he died in poverty.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



Cavern Scene near Subiaco, with Figures




oil on canvas


H 151.1 x W 195.6 cm

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gift from Sir Herbert Ashman, 1905

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