C18th Watercolour, probably by George Barret Sr. RA
A pretty 18th-century watercolour and gouache of hills and valleys, signed George Barret verso -probably George Barret Sr. RA (Irish, 1730-1784), framed 50 x 43cm,
Barret Sr. left Ireland in 1762 to establish himself as an artist in London and rapidly gained recognition as a leading artist of the period. He travelled extensively in England, Wales, and Scotland to undertake commissions.
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George Barret Sr. RA was an Irish landscape artist who is best known for his oil paintings but also produced watercolours. He left Ireland in 1762 to establish himself as an artist in London and rapidly gained recognition as a leading artist of the period.
He exhibited at the Society of Artists of Great Britain and was able to gain patronage from many leading art collectors. Barret, along with other leading members, left the Society in 1768 to found the Royal Academy where he continued to exhibit until 1782.
Barret appears to have travelled extensively in England including to the Lake District and the Isle of Wight, Wales and Scotland to undertake commissions for his patrons. Barret obtained the appointment of master painter of Chelsea Hospital, a post he held until his death in 1784.
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