1790 Watercolor Thomas Barker of Bath 1769-1847
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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Watercolor: Pre 1800: Item # 1199116
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18th Century Watercolor in shades of green and brown, on wove paper, by Thomas Barker of Bath (1769-1847), unsigned, noted on verso of framing, "Whitby," England. Image is of a castle-type struct almost hidden behind a lush growth of trees and foliage, a stream in the foreground with a wooden bridge across it. Our research reveals that the structure may be a view of the centuries old St. Mary's Church in Whitby, as it would have appeared in the artist's lifetime. Another similar structure in the area was (is) the Whitby Abbey, and magnification of the painting does show what could be a bit of the steeple, which can, today, be mostly hidden from view at certain angles, by the corner sructures. Church or Abbey, it is nevertheless, a nicely done landscape by the artist.
We have not examined the painting out of the frame, and it does show toning, a few areas of foxing, and a dark area at the upper margin, center and just right of center. The mat does appear to be recent, and may be archival, although we cannot be certain.
Sight measures about 5.50" x 7.75", matted and framed to 12.50" x 14". Bits of the corners are missing from the frame, although it may be hung as is without appearing unsightly. c. 1790. $18 US Shipping.
Provenance: The Dorothy Scharf Collection -- included works by major English watercolour painters of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Dorothy Scharf was the granddaughter of a professional art dealer and assembled the collection over a period of some forty years with the help of family funds. Many of the works were bought from, or with the advice of, a small number of leading London dealers including Agnew’s, Leger and Spink.
The bequest, following Dorothy Scharf’s death, of fifty-one works from the Dorothy Scharf Collection was the most significant single addition to the Courtauld’s distinguished collection of works on paper in London for over twenty-five years. The Courtauld was set up to collect works from the Golden Age of British watercolour painting between 1750-1850. Our client purchased the painting in 2009.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Oil paintings by this artist have sold for as much as $46K, Sotheby's, 2008. [Askart]
"Thomas Barker - (b Pontypool, 1767; d Bath, 11 Dec. 1847). British painter and lithographer, mainly of landscapes and genre scenes. He was born in Wales but is known as ‘Barker of Bath’ from his main place of work. His work was strongly influenced by the landscapes and fancy pictures of Gainsborough (the most famous artist to work in Bath), and he made his name mainly as a painter of rustic scenes. He was successful for most of his career, but his popularity declined and he died in poverty. His brother Benjamin Barker (1776–1838) and his son Thomas Jones Barker (1815–82) were also painters, mainly of landscapes and military scenes respectively." [courtesy Online Encyclopedia, arts . jrank . org]