- Also known as
primary name: Barry, James
other name: Macduff, Archibald
- individual; printmaker; painter/draughtsman; British; Male
- Life dates
- History and portrait painter and printmaker. b. Cork; in Dublin 1763; encouraged by Edmund Burke to London in 1764-65; in Paris, Rome and northern Italy 1765-1770; exhibited RA 1771-76; 1777-83 executed wall canvases of the progress of civilization for the Royal Society of Arts; made RA Professor of Painting 1782, but expelled in 1799; d. London 1806; buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.
He used the pseudonym 'Archibald Macduff' on some of his plates, for reasons that have never been explained. These plates are certainly by him stylistically, and are catalogued by Pressly as such.
- www.texte.ie/barry (online edition of Barry's correspondence)
William Pressly, 'The Life and Art of James Barry', 1981
Nancy Pressly, 'The Fuseli Circle in Rome', exh. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1979
William Pressly, 'James Barry', 1983, Tate exh.
Tom Dunne, ed., 'James Barry 1741-1806 "The Great Historical painter"', exh. 2005-6, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (essays and catalogue entries)
C. Wiebel, 'Aquatinta', exh.cat. Coburg, 2007, pp.213-219 ( for a discussion of his aquatints).
Susan Bennett, ed., 'Cultivating the Human Faculties: James Barry and the Society of Arts', Rosemont Publishing, 2008 (collection of essays on Barry and the RSA, exhibitions, prizes, etc.)
William Pressly, 'James Barry's Murals at the Royal Society of Arts' (Cork UP, 2014)