Letter from JAMES BARRY to SOCIETY OF ARTS, written April 14 1784, at Great Room, Adelphi, London

Source: MS RSA AD/MA/305/10/20, Royal Society of Arts, London. [img] Cover: To the Right Hon.bleHonourable the
President, Vice Presidents
& the rest of the Noblemen &
gentlemen of the Society for
the Encouragement of Arts &c.
John Street

After the first exhibition in April 1783 Barry continued to work on his six paintings The Progress of Human Culture in the Great Room of the Society in the Adelphi; he had said in his Account of a Series of Pictures (1783) 'another year will complete all I mean to do' (Fryer, Works of Barry, ii. 315). He here invites the officers and members of the Society of Arts to a preview of the 1784 exhibition for which he issued a second edition of his Account of a Series of Pictures.

Full display

Mr. Barry presents his respectful Compliments to the Right Honourable The President 1 The Vice Presidents and the rest of the Members of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce and would be happy they would do him the Honour to see his work in the Society's Great Room the Day before the Exhibition is opened to the Publick,2 of which due notice will be given in the publick papers.

As to the Committee for superintending the Exhibition Mr. Barry ( tho though very sensible of the great trouble he has already given M.r Green3 would yet feel himself very happy if the Society should think proper to continue the same Committee for the present Exhibition they had appointed for the last.4

Society's Great Room5
April , 14.th. 1784