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Thomas Barker and His Preceptor Charles Spackman

Photo credit: Victoria Art Gallery

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Thomas Barker came from a local family of artists. Here he is aged 22, and at the height of his success. Looking over his shoulder is Bath businessman Charles Spackman. He had recognised Barker’s talent early and financed his training. Barker became very skilled at imitating other artists’ styles. The picture on the easel here looks very like a Gainsborough.

Victoria Art Gallery



Thomas Barker and His Preceptor Charles Spackman




oil on canvas


H 122.9 x W 152.4 cm

Accession number

BATVG : P : 1911.2

Acquisition method

gift from Mrs G. H. Simms, 1911

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