John Doherty Barbour (1824–1901)

© The Estate of Frank McKelvey. All rights reserved. DACS 2024. Image credit: Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

The eldest son of William Barbour, he succeeded his father as chairman and managing director of William Barbour and Sons, and established the Linen Thread Company in 1898. As well as his successful expansion of the company to its position as one of the world's leading thread producers, John Doherty Barbour took a strong interest in the welfare of his workers. He also engaged in local and national civic life and served at various times as a local councillor, JP, High Sherriff and Deputy Lieutenant and as a Member of Parliament. Two carved wooden pews in St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast are dedicated in memory of Barbour and his wife, Elizabeth L. Barbour.

Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum



John Doherty Barbour (1824–1901)


oil on canvas


H 141 x W 100 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method


Work type



See a tag that’s incorrect or offensive? Challenge it and notify Art UK.

Help improve Art UK. Tag artworks and verify existing tags by joining the Tagger community.

Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

Market Square, Lisburn, County Antrim BT28 1AG Northern Ireland

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue