George Barret

1728/1732-1784 Ireland-Landscape Artist

 

Brief Biography-George Barret was born in the Liberties in Dublin between 1728 1nd 1732. The son of a clothier he was apprenticed as a corset maker. He was self taught as an artist. He earned his money from tinting engravings so he could educate himself in the schools of the Dublin Society. He caught the attention of Edmond Burke the future politician who encouraged him to paint from nature rather than copying the Great Masters. Burke introduced him to the Viscount Powerscourt who commissioned him to do paintings of his demesne in Wicklow. However, he wasn't doing well financially in Dublin and left for London in 1763. He was accompanied by his wife Frances Percy. After a period of hardship, he found success with paintings he had brought over from Dublin. He became involved in the establishment of the Royal Academy. His work was compared to that of Richard Wilson the Welsh artist and he received several commissions to paint in Grand Houses around England. He was associated with notable artists such as George Romney, George Stubs and Johann Zoffany. By this time, he was commanding a total of £2000 a year but was living an extravagant lifestyle. Edmund Burke the now successful politician in London had him appointed the Master Painter at Chelsea Hospital. For unknown reasons, he fell out badly with numerous renowned artists of the time. He continued to live above his means and was declared bankrupt. He spent the last ten years of his life in Paddington and after a spell of bad health died in 1784.

 

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Powerscourt

Powerscourt

A Welsh
Landscape

Welsh landscape

A River Scene
with Rocks

A River Scene with Rocks by the Seashore

Windemere Lake
Early Morning

Windemere Lake

Landscape
with Fishermen

A Landscape with Fishermen

Landscape with
Rocky Arch

landscape with rocky arch

Llanberis Early
Morning

llanberis with early morning mists dispersing

A Stormy
Landscape

A Stormy Landscape

A View of
the Dargle

A View of the Dargle

Powerscourt
Waterfall

powerscourt waterfall

An Italian
Ravine

An Italian Ravine

Powerscourt Waterfall

Powerscourt Waterfall

Medieval Itialian
Castle

Capriccio with Remains of a Medieval Itialian Castle

Capriccio with S
Agnese fuori

Capriccio with Saint Agnese fuori le Mura and Saint Constanza Rome

The Dargle
River

The Dargle River

Classical
Landscape

Classical Landscape

Itialianate
Landscape

Italianate Landscape

Cliffs and Sea with
a Footbridge

Cliffs and Sea with a Footbridge

Idealised Classical
Landscape

Idealised Classical Landscape

Grassy Cliffs Near
the Sea

Grassy Cliffs Near the Sea

Landscape with Man
Fording a Stream

Landscape with Man Fording a Stream

River
Scene

River Scene

Man
Fishing

Landscape with Man Fishing

The
Colosseum

The Colosseum

A
Figures

Landscape with Figures in the Background

The Roman
Forum

The Roman Forum

The Temple
of Vesta

The Temple of Vesta Tivoli

View
of Powerscourt

View of Powerscourt Waterfall

Classical
Landscape

A Classical Landscape

A River
Scene

A River Scene

River Landscape and
Washerwoman

River Landscape with a Washerwoman and Travellers

A View of
Castletown

A View of Castletown

Lake Landscape
with Travellers

Lake Landscape with Travellers