Letter from SOCIETY OF ARTS to JAMES
BARRY, written 18 February 1790, at Adelphi, London
Source: Fryer, Works of Barry, ii. 468; the letter was
first printed in Barry's A Letter to the Right Honourable
the President, Vice-Presidents, and the rest of the Noblemen and
Gentlemen of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures,
and Commerce, London, 1793; it is thus a copy of the
Samuel More1 acknowledges Barry's letter of 13 January in which he informed the
Society of Arts that he had finished work on his six paintings The Progress of Human Culture in the Great Room of the
Society at the Adelphi.
Adelphi, Feb.February18, 1790.
I am directed by the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and
Commerce, to return you their thanks for your having completed the series of
pictures in the Society's great room, agreeably to your proposal, made and
acceded to by them, in 1777. 2
I am, Sir, your very humble servant,
Samuel More, Secretary.