Letter from EDMUND BURKE to JAMES
BARRY, written 24 July 1772, at Beaconsfield
Source: MS 5672, National Library of Ireland. Printed: Burke, Correspondence, ii. 315.
James Barry Esqr
On his arrival back from Paris and Rome Barry lived at 'Mrs. Grindall's,
Orange Street, Leicester-fields' (The Exhibition of the
Royal Academy, 1771, p.4); he then moved to Queen Anne Street,
Cavendish Square (The Exhibition of the Royal
Academy, 1772, p.4), before settling at 29 Suffolk Street, a house
owned by Anthony Marcellis (Pressly, Life and Art, p. 210, n. 31). Marcellis is mentioned
in 1768 as having had a silk handkerchief stolen from him worth 12 pence
(Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 18 May 1768, refs.
t17680518-2). Barry remained at the address until 1786.
Barry had now settled back in London, had recently done a portrait of Edmund
Burke [img] and exhibited three paintings at the Royal Academy exhibition
on 8 May 1772: Venus rising from the sea [img], Medea making her lamentation after the death of her children
(unlocated), and Education of Achilles [img]; the catalogue for the exhibition has the title of the Medea
painting altered by hand to read, Medea making her
incantation after the murder of her children
My dear Barry,
Will1 tells me he is
with a drawing of
for the D. of R.2 I am pleased,
but far from surprised. He tells me there are Labels3 in it. May I beg it as a favour to myself,
that they may be omitted. Be assured, that,
the least understanding in Picture, I have some small knowledge of the
Town, and that no reason nor example will prevent them from being prejudicial to
you. I hope to see you in a day or two. I am my
July 24. 1772.
I had a Letter from Drumgoold.5 He has heard of your Fame, & is much