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John Barrow (1764–1848)

Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Three-quarter-length portrait of John Barrow, seated, wearing a black coat, waistcoat and tie over a high collared white shirt. His left arm rests on a chair-arm, the right on a table before him. He is seated on a red leather armchair with wooden scrolled armrests, his body angled to the left as viewed. The table, to the sitter’s right, is covered in green cloth and on this rests a set of papers and a letter opener on a red-lined blotter with a single yellow-paper bound book. Towards the back of the table is an inkwell set, with a stick of red sealing wax, seal and quill pen. A bookcase of large leather-bound volumes is used as background and immediately behind Barrow’s chair, a patterned hanging or tapestry.

The Royal Society



John Barrow (1764–1848)




oil on canvas


H 128 x W 103 cm

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presented by John Barrow, c.1846

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