James Barry
 

 

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 James Barry 1741-1806

He was born in Cork. He painted mythological, historical and biblical scenes. Studied in Italy for four years. Elected to the RA in 1773. His masterpiece is the mural painting for the Great Room of the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts. It took him over six years. He was appointed Professor of Painting at the RA from 1782-1799, but he was a difficult character and fell out with many people.

He is buried in the crypt, St. Paulís, London. His stone is situated between Sir Joshua Reynolds and William Malord Turner, and close by Sir Christopher Wren. The stone reads The Great Historical Painter James Barry Died 22nd February 1806 aged 64.