Sunday, July 27, 2008

Frederick Barnard

[My First Pantomime, when my Grandfather took us Children to Sadler's Wells] 1820
[My Last Pantomime, when I took my Grandchildren to Covent Garden] 1880
both oil on canvas

1846 - 1896.
London genre painter, mainly featuring children and domestic scenes. Studied under Leon Bonnat in Paris, working in London and at Cullercoats (coast of Northumberland). Exhibited at the RA and elsewhere and also worked as an illustrator for Punch and the Illustrated News, often connected with the works of Dickens. He was the son of a Silversmith. Admired by Van Gough (during his stay in London). Married Alice Faraday (niece of the famous Scientist) and in the 1880's they lived as part of a colony of artists at Broadway in the Cotswolds. John Singer Sargent painted a portrait of his wife and the daughters are the models for Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose.

These pictures were first owned by Sir Henry Irving who Barnard almost certainly knew.

[Mrs Frederick Barnard] 1885
by John Singer Sargent

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