Sir Charles Barry (1795–1860), RA

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The career of Sir Charles Barry (1795–1860) spanned the late Georgian and early Victorian periods. After a protracted tour of France, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Egypt (1817–1820), his career took off with the success of his Traveller's Club, Pall Mall (1830). Other major works include the Manchester Athenaeum (1837–1839), the Reform Club, London (1837–1841), the Board of Trade, Whitehall (1844) and the Palace of Westminster, London (1837–1852). His domestic architecture includes Bowood (1834), Harewood (1834–1850), Dunrobin Castle (1844–1848), Gawthorpe (1850–1852) and Cliveden (1851). He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1842 and Academician in 1844. He was one of the founding members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and was a RIBA Royal Gold Medallist in 1850.

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Sir Charles Barry (1795–1860), RA


oil on canvas


H 35.5 x W 31.2 cm

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presented by the sitter's great-granddaughter, Mrs J. L. Trevor, 1976

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