The correspondence of James Barry

This website makes available all the known correspondence of the Irish painter James Barry (1741-1806). Barry is best remembered for his six huge paintings entitled ‘The progress of human culture’, in the Great Room of the Society of Arts in London. He was an early romantic painter, a professor of painting at the Royal Academy, and a writer on art and culture.

The website offers a scholarly edition of about 200 letters to and from James Barry. Original manuscripts have been used where available and images are provided from time to time of art work that is mentioned or alluded to in the letters. There are also appendices, annotations, and a critical introduction, that place Barry in the cultural context of the late 18th century.

Basic and advanced search options are available. Letters can also be browsed chronologically.

‘The Correspondenc of James Barry’ is the result of a 2-year research project (2007-2009) by Tim McLoughlin at the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway. It was funded under the European Union FP6 Marie Curie Development Scheme.

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