Girl carrying a Pail
BARKER of Bath, Thomas (1769 - 1847)
[image: Girl carrying a Pail]
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 42.0 x 30.5 cm
Acquired: 1916; Gift; Major F.T. James
Accession Number: NMW A 457
Born near Pontypool, Barker and his family moved to Bath around 1782. Although little regarded in London, he was hailed in Bath as a prodigy and a successor to Gainsborough. His early rise was partly attributed to a local patron, Charles Spackman, who sent him to Italy in 1790 - 93. This sensitive oil sketch of a girl struggling with a heavy pail was probably painted there.