BARRY, James. The Works Of James Barry Esq. Historical Painter.

T. Cadell And W. Davies, 1809.


4to. (254 x 206 mm). Two vols. Early twentieth century half vellum; pp. vii, [1], 558, engraved portrait frontis, 11 engraved plates and 1 engraved tail-piece; [2], 670, [8], index and corrigenda, engraved frontis, 3 engraved plates, including 1 large and folding, 1 engraved tail-piece; the bindings dust marked, some light offsetting from the plates, ex-libris the National Art Library - the Science and Art Department, V&A, with its neat ink stamp to the title-pages and the verso of the plates.

Sole edition. Edited by Dr. Edward Fryer. Barry (1741-1802) was an Irish painter best remembered for his six part paiting The Progress of Human Culture at the Royal Society of Arts. An early and unwitting Romantic who painted according to his own fierce vision, he was a profound influence on William Blake.