BARCLAY, William

1793 - 1859

Baptised at St James, Westminster, London on 3 November 1793, son of William Barclay, miniature painter, of Tottenham, London and his wife Isabella. He entered the Royal Academy Schools on 15 January 1820, aged twenty-two[sic], under the title ‘William Barclay Jnr’. He established himself as a miniature painter, practising in London and Paris and made numerous copies from the works of the Italian masters in the Louvre. He exhibited portraits and some copies in water-colours at the Paris Salon 1831-1859, as well as at the Royal Academy between 1832 and 1856 and at The Suffolk Fine Arts Association [q.v.] at Ipswich in 1850 he had on show three watercolours 'A Girl Protecting her Dove', 'The Portrait' and 'A Girl with Spaniel Puppy'. Barclay's miniature of Mrs Bacon (1836) and two miniatures of unknown sitters are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He died, possibly in Paris, in 1859.




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