Letter from DUKE OF RICHMOND to JAMES BARRY, written 19 June 1788, at Whitehall, London

Source: Fryer, Works of Barry, i. 275-76.

Charles Lennox (1735-1806), 3rd Duke of Richmond, founder member and a Vice-President of the Society of Arts, patron of the arts; the celebrated portrait of him is by George Romney (1734-1802). [go]

Richmond House in Whitehall had its own art gallery where there had been a drawing school in 1758 (James Fenton, School of Genius: A History of the Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2006), p. 97). Richmond, whom Barry had included in his Distribution of Premiums [img] at the Adelphi, had commissioned Barry to paint Antiochus and Stratonice (See Barry to Richmond, 29 August and 14 October 1773).

Richmond served as Minister of Ordnance in the Administration of William Pitt (1759-1806) and Barry had written on 16 June to ask about a vacancy 'in your Grace's department of the ordnance'.

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Whitehall, June 19, 1788.

Sir,

I received your letter of the 16th instant, desiring to be appointed painter to the ordnance in the room of Mr. Wilson, deceased. 1

I find that some other persons, as well as yourself, have conceived that his employment was that of a Limner,2 whereas, although bred to that profession, the business Mr. Wilson did for the ordnance was only that of a House Painter, which he had undertaken by contract, and this will now be given to some person in that line. I am, sir, your most obedient humble servant,

Richmond, &c.