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Oil painting - Self-Portrait
  • Self-Portrait
    Barry, James RA, born 1741 - died 1806
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Self-Portrait

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1777 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Barry, James RA, born 1741 - died 1806 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John M. Parsons

  • Museum number:

    564-1870

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case SOUTH WALL

Barry was born in Ireland and settled in London in 1771. This self-portrait is an intense depiction of himself. His preference for grand historical subjects over conventional portraiture meant he had few wealthy patrons and Barry died in poverty in 1806.

Physical description

We see Barry here on the evidence of his apparent age during or just after the completion of his greatest work, the cycle of oils commissioned for the Adelphi. He depicts himself perhaps contemplating the results of recent hardships in painting this commission gratis.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)

Date

ca. 1777 (painted)

Artist/maker

Barry, James RA, born 1741 - died 1806 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas

Dimensions

Height: 42 cm, Width: 34.4 cm, Height: 56.5 cm frame, Width: 49 cm frame

Object history note

Bequeathed by John M. Parsons, 1870

Descriptive line

Oil painting, Self Portrait by James Barry, ca, 1777.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

James Barry, 1741-1806 : 'the great historical painter ' / editor: Tom Dunne ; with contributions by William L. Pressly ... [et al.]. Cork : Crawford Art Gallery, 2005, p. 68.
Sturgis, Alexander, Rupert Christiansen, Lois Oliver and Michael Wilson Rebels and Martyrs. The Image of the Artist in the Nineteen Century. London: The National Gallery Company Limited, 2006. ISBN: 1857093461
100 Great Paintings in The Victoria & Albert Museum. London: V&A, 1985, p. 72
James Barry, 1741-1806 : 'the great historical painter ' / editor: Tom Dunne ; with contributions by William L. Pressly ... [et al.]. exh.cat. Cork: Crawford Art Gallery, 2005, p. 68, cat. no. P.3
Pressly, William L. James Barry: the artist as hero. exh.cat. London: Tate Gallery, 1983, p.150-151, cat. no. 93
Vikutoria & Arub?to Bijutsukan-z? : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum / selected by Mark Evans [Japan : Brain Trust], 2002. 185 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Categories

Paintings; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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