Framed oil painting: Priscilla Jones by Thomas Barker (1769-1847), oil on canvas, c. 1802

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Museum number

A341

Object

Framed oil painting: Priscilla Jones by Thomas Barker (1769-1847), oil on canvas, c. 1802

Gallery label

Priscilla Jones
Thomas Barker (1769-1847)
Oil on canvas, about 1802

Thomas Barker’s young wife Priscilla is surrounded by allusions to antiquity. Dressed in a simple white gown, she stands among classical columns overlooking a garden filled with statues. Barker and Priscilla later built Doric House, a Greek Revival home on Sion Hill to the north of Bath. The composition is inspired by the Renaissance master Raphael.

Four of the couple’s eight children became successful artists in their own right. The ‘Barkers of Bath’ dominated the city’s artistic life throughout the nineteenth century.


Presented by the Art Fund, 1939

A341

On display?

Yes
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