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Boy Holding His Hat, from "Forty Lithographic Impressions from Drawings by Thomas Barker, selected from his Studies of Rustic Figures After Nature"

Artist: Thomas Barker of Bath (1769 - 1847) Primary
Date: 1813
19th century
Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.72 in. (19.8 x 12 cm)
Dimensions Extent: image
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, England
Medium and Support: Pen and ink lithograph on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James Reed, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.35.180
Not on view.

Signed on the stone with monogram at lower left. Barker published the first portfolio of lithographs by a single artist. Rustic Figures included forty pen and ink lithographs. Eighteen of the original lithographic stones from the portfolio are preserved in the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. Their survival is extremely unusual, since lithographic stones – which were made from Bavarian limestone and thus were extremely expensive to import – were usually ground down and re-used. Why Barker’s stones survived intact is a mystery, though they likely remained in the artist’s possession until his death in 1847.

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