James Barry
(1741-1806)

Died aged c. 65

James Barry RA (11 October 1741 – 22 February 1806) was an Irish painter, best remembered for his six part series of paintings entitled The Progress of Human Culture in the Great Room of the Royal Society of Arts in London. Because of his determination to create art according to his own principles rather than those of his patrons, he is also noted for being one of the earliest romantic painters working in Britain, though as an artist few rated him highly until the fully comprehensive 1983 exhibition at the Tate Gallery led to a reassessment of this "notoriously belligerent personality", who emerges as one of the most important Irish Neoclassical artists. He was also a profound influence on William Blake.

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Site of the last home of James Barry 1741–1806 Irish artist and creator of the murals at The Royal Society of Arts

36 Eastcastle Street, W1, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Birthplace of James Barry the painter born A.D. 1741 died London 1806

Seminary Road (formerly Water Lane), Cork, Ireland where they was born (1741)