Letter from JAMES BARRY to JOHN
BRITTON, written 24 January 1801, at
Source: MS Britton Coll. Box I. 15, National Portrait Gallery, London. [img] Cover: M.r Britton
8 Wilderness Row.
Bishop mark: 24 JA 1801
John Britton (1771-1857)
was soon to publish The Beauties of Wiltshire
(1801) in which he praised the English painter Giles
Hussey (1710-88): 'To create an ideal world of grandeur and
beauty, were the objects of his ambition; not survilely to copy the
muffin-face of an inanimate baker, the savage deformity of a senseless
porter, or the tame insipidity of a laundry-maid' (John Britton,
The Beauties of Wiltshire (1801), i.
290). Barry here replies to a request by Britton for information about
Barry had long been an admirer of Hussey; [img] he said of Hussey's work, 'The purity and elegance
of his taste, his deep knowledge of all the parts which compose the human
figure, and the remarkable fidelity and precision of his drawing, ought to
have gained him patrons, friends, and admirers' (Inquiry
into the Real and Imaginary Obstructions to the Acquisition of the Arts
in England (1774), Fryer, Works of
Barry, ii. 244); see also Barry to Burke, 8 July 1769.
Mr Barry presents his
to M.r Britton & is sorry he has so little
leisure & that it is so little in his power to give M.r Britton much Satisfaction respecting M.r Hussey, but
will notwitstanding 2 be very happy
to see M.r Britton any Morning in Castle street; 3 before one oClock.
James Barry, once R.A. 4
James Barry Artist