Letter from LORD BUCHAN to JAMES BARRY, written 13 January 1806, at Edinburgh

Source: Fryer, Works of Barry, i. 298-99.

The Scottish antiquary and art collector David Steuart Erskine (1742-1829), earl of Buchan, [img] a great admirer of Barry, had been concerned to persuade the Society of Arts to set up a fund to support Barry in his old age and for him to move to a more comfortable house (see Buchan to Barry, 12 July 1805).

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My Dear Sir,

I am anxious to know from yourself, that you are able again to resume your truly interesting work with safety and comfort, and that all other matters relating to your welfare, are proceeding according to my wishes.

I long much for a proof of your etching from the admired and admirable Birth of Pandora. 1 How much pleasure it would give me to see that fine picture in Scotland,2 (which I have taught to know your merit) and to dig out monuments of your fame from our modern Gothic rubbish!3

Our worthy friend Bonomi4 charges himself with these lines from, my excellent Barry, your assured friend,


Edinburgh, 5 January 13, 1806.