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 George Barret, Jr.  (1767 - 1842)

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Lived/Active: Unknown Country/United Kingdom/England/Ireland      Known for: romantic landscape painting and drawings

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BIOGRAPHY for George Barret, Jr.
1767 (London, England)
1842 (London, England)

Unknown Country/United Kingdom/England/Ireland

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George Barret, Junior (1767-1842)

One of the most gifted watercolour landscape painters of the "English School", George Barret junior was the son of the Irish artist George Barret Senior RA (1732-1784).

Born in Orchard Street, London, and absorbing both drawing and painting from his father during his teenage years, Barret was only seventeen when his father died.  As a result, he and his siblings (Joseph, James and a sister) were left to support themselves.  All four became artists, although George Junior was by far the most gifted. Sadly, despite his gifts, his life turned into one long struggle for financial survival.

Barret's early landscape painting in oils was executed in the same style as his father, but afterwards he became celebrated for his drawings in watercolour by which he made his reputation.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1800-1803, before becoming a foundation member of the Old Watercolour Society of Painters in 1804, where his paintings were shown continuously for 38 years. He espoused the style of Romanticism, although whether this was by choice or at the instigation of his patrons, is unclear.

His earlier artworks were scenes of the Southern Counties of England, interspersed with an occasional Welsh landscape, but soon he turned to general "Claudian-type" compositions - so-called after the French painter Claude Lorrain (1600-82) who pioneered idyllic pastoral views - depicting romantic sunrises and sunsets.

One of the better Irish landscape artists of the 18th and 19th centuries, his watercolours - in the opinion of several art experts - remain un-equalled in their representation of bright sunlight and other atmospheric effects.

He was also the author of The Theory and Practice of Watercolour Painting (1840).  After a life of almost continuous work, George Barret (Junior) died in 1842 at his house in Edgeware Road, London.

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Son of the celebrated Irish artist, George Barret RA (1732-1784), George Barret Junior was, according to Strickland (pp. 32-33) "one of the foremost water-colour painters of the English School."

He was a foundation member of the Old Watercolour Society in 1804, a major exhibitor there and also showed at the Royal Academy.

Strickland again: "In some qualities these [his watercolours] have never been surpassed, excelling in their effects of atmosphere and brilliant sunlight, and full of poetic feeling".
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