Letter from JAMES BARRY to SOCIETY OF ARTS, written 31 May 1796, at Castle Street, London

Source: Minutes, Society of Arts AD/MA/100/12/41, Royal Society of Arts, London.

The letter was copied into the Minutes of the Society for 1 June 1796. Barry gives his approval that the engraving of the recently deceased Vice President Edward Hooper1 should be done by William Evans.2 Barry had painted a portrait of Hooper to include in his Distribution of Premiums, where he appears half-way up on the right hand side. [img] The Society now wanted an engraving made from this portrait.3

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Mr Barry presents his respectful Compliments to the President4 Vice Presidents & the rest of the Noblemen & Gentlemen of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts &c, & will with much pleasure bestow every attention on the Engraving of Mr Hoopers Head5 which Mr Evans is doing for the Society.

Mr Barry has seen of6 Mr Evans's work with great satisfaction; it possesses accuracy, force and delicacy, & cannot fail completely answering the Society's wishes in making the Frontispiece of the approaching Vol. Volume of their Transactions7 a graceful Ornament to the Book & a worthy tribute to the respectable amiable memory of their late Vice President Mr Hooper.

May 31. 1796
No Number 36 Castle Street Oxford Market