An original c.1807 graphite drawing, Attrib. Joseph Barker of Bath Tree Study.
This intriguing sketch is signed below 'Mr Joseph Barker', presumed to be short-lived landscape painter Joseph Barker (1782-1809), of the famous Barker family of artists - son of Benjamin Barker (c.1720-1793) and brother of the better-known Thomas Barker, known as 'Barker of Bath' (1767-1847). The Barker family has been described as a ‘remarkable dynasty’ who made a name for themselves in the fashionable society that was Bath during Georgian England, when society migrated to the town for the season to drink the waters and socialise with one another. Joseph Barker died tragically young, aged just 27.
The drawing is on laid paper with 'Bally, Ellen and Steart 1807' watermark. Bally, Ellen and Steart were papermakers of De Montalt Mill, Monkton Combe, Bath. George Steart is considered one of the most innovative paper makers of his generation; his blue wove papers were a favourite of J.M.W. Turner.
Laid down on backing card, affixed at the corners and centre.
Signed lower centre.
Some creasing, marks and age toning to the paper, as shown.
31.2cm x 19.1cm.
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Product code: JL-536