Benjamin Barker of Bath

Benjamin Barker of Bath

1776 - 1838

 

Benjamin Barker,the younger brother of Thomas Barker, worked in Bath after the family settled there in 1783. He showed in the Royal Academy, the British Institution and the Society of Watercolorists between 1800and 1831. Many of his watercolours are in the Museum of South Kensington, and Theodore Fielding has reproduced many of his watercolours in aquatint in his 1824 volume 'English Landscape Scenery.

 

At the height of his success, Barker was incorporated into many important collections, and hung alongside the likes of Wilson, Gainsborough and Turner.

 

Benjamin West regarded him as a better, more poetic painter than his brother. His pupils included H.V. Lansdowne.