Letter from JAMES BARRY to THE KING , written 10 November 1774, at London

Source: Fryer, Works of Barry, ii. 169.

This is Barry's letter of dedication to King George III (1738-1820) [img] of his first published work, An Inquiry into the Real and Imaginary Obstructions to the Acquisition of the Arts in England , London: T. Becket, 1775. The work is published in Fryer, Works of Barry, ii. 167-299. Barry was to remember this dedicatory letter after he had been expelled from the Royal Academy in April 1799 (see Barry to Anon, 4 August, 1799).

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Sir,

I humbly beg leave to lay at Your Majesty's Feet the following Inquiry into the Causes that have retarded the Advancement of the Polite Arts amongst Your Majesty's People.1

From Your Patronage2 and Example, these Arts have already acquired a strength and vigour hitherto unknown in this Country; and it is from the same most gracious Source they are to receive that perfection which will give Lustre to our Age, and be the Admiration of future times.

I am,
May it please Your Majesty,
Your Majesty's most dutiful Servant,
And most faithful Subject,

James Barry.

Nov. 10, 1774.