BARRET, George

1761 - 1842

Born at Orchard Street, off Portman Square, London in 1767, son of Irish born artist George Barret (1732-1784), and where he lived with his parents and siblings, two of whom also became artists. He was probably taught by his father but exhibited little before 1800 and his professional life seems to have been a struggle from its beginning. Little is known of his early years but he always seems to have lived in Paddington, London and travelled very little, finding many of his subjects in the Thames Valley and the Home Counties, but with a few in Wales. He gave up topographical landscapes for romantic compositions, such as ‘Retirement of the Weary Traveller’. During the 1820s and 1830s a number of his works were engraved for the Annuals. One of the original members of the ‘Old’ Society of Painters in Watercolours which was founded in 1804 and exhibited prolifically, never missing an exhibition for 38 years. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy 1800-1803 and an Original Drawing by the late G. Barret, jun. was exhibited at the Suffolk Fine Art Association [q.v.] held at Ipswich in 1850. He died at Paddington on 19 March 1842 and buried in St Mary's Paddington churchyard.




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