Letter from SOCIETY OF ARTS to JAMES BARRY, written 24 December 1789, at Adelphi, London

Source: Fryer, Works of Barry, ii. 467; 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 original.

On 23 December Barry had asked the Secretary Samuel More1 when he might have access to the Great Room of the Society since he was now ready to include his portrait of the Prince of Wales in his painting The Distribution of Premiums in the Society of Arts.

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Adelphi , Dec. December, 24 1789


Your note having been read at the meeting of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, ManufactersManufactures, and Commerce, held yesterday, I am directed to address this letter to you, informing you, that the meetings of this Society are adjourned until the 13th of January next, and that orders are given for you to be admitted at your own convenience to finish the portrait of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales,2 according to your request, signified in the abovementionedabove mentioned note.

I am, Sir, your most obedient humble servant,

Sam. Samuel More, Secretary

James Barry, Esq.