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T. Barker of Bath - 19th Century Watercolour "Usk" from the Pontypool Sketchbook

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T. Barker of Bath - Original 19th Century Watercolour. Thomas Agnew & Sons label verso. In solid wood frame.
A one-time child prodigy, Thomas Barker (1767-1847) was ‘discovered’ by a wealthy Bath coach builder and property developer, Charles Spackman. Spackman organised Barker’s artistic training, making him copy Old Master paintings. It was usual for budding artists to learn from copying, but Spackman seems to have been unusually severe with the young man. It is said that Barker was made to copy one painting over 130 times.

Barker became very skilled at imitating other artists' styles. On one occasion he was at the house of a Lady Jervis and spotted one of his own paintings. Lady Jervis had believed it to be by Rembrandt. Barker spent his entire career in Bath, and as a young man was very successful.
You can read his Wikipedia article here. Inscribed. Some crinkling of paper to top and some discolouration but otherwise good condition considering its age.


Size: 17.5 x 23.5cm (6.9" x 9.3")

Framed Size: 30.5 x 34cm (12" x 13.4")

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Code mg628
Artist T. Barker of Bath
Date 19th Century
Dimensions 17.5 x 23.5cm
Framed Yes
Medium Watercolour
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