Letter from JAMES BARRY to SOCIETY OF ARTS, written 23 December 1789, at Castle Street, London

Source: MS RSA AD/MA/104/10/403, f. 118, Royal Society of Arts, London. Printed: Fryer, Works of Barry, ii. 466.

The date given in Fryer's text for this letter, 3 December, 1780, looks like a misprint, since in the MS it is clearly 23 December 1789.

The Prince of Wales, George Augustus Frederick (1762-1830), son of George III, had now sat for Barry to finish his portrait and Barry was ready to include it in his Distribution of Premiums in the Society of Arts [img] in the Great Room of the Society.

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M.r Barry presents his respectful comp.ts compliments to the Right Hon'ble Honourable the President,1 Vice Presidents & the rest of the Noblemen & Gentlemen of the Society & has to inform them that his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was graciously pleased to sit for the completing of his picture on Monday the 7.th Inst.Instant 2 M.r Barry has therefore to request that an opportunity be afforded him of finishing that portrait of the Prince which is in the fifth picture of the Series3 in their Great Room & at the same time he has the happiness of informing the Society that as there is not much to do their meetings4 need not be interrupted. M.r Barry would immediately after the Prince sat to him have had the honour of communicating the very agreableagreeable information to the Society, but that another engagement which could not be dispensed with put it out of his power before this time to acompanyaccompany his information with the above consequent necessary requisition.

Decemb.r December 23. 1789 N. 36. Castle Street Oxford Street