John James Barralet

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Detail of the Apotheosis of George Washington by John James Barralet, c. 1800-1805, transfer-printed onto a pitcher by the Herculaneum Pottery, LIverpool.

John James Barralet (c. 1747 - January 16, 1815) was an Irish artist who spent the later part of his career in the United States.


Of French descent, Barralet was born in Dublin, Ireland. In early life he was a drawing-master in Dublin, but he later went to London and practised water-colour painting. He exhibited three landscapes at the Royal Academy in 1770, and occasionally exhibited in succeeding years. He was employed in illustrating books on Irish Antiquities. In 1795 he emigrated to America, settling in Philadelphia, where he died in 1815. His brother, J. Melchior Barralet, was a teacher in the Royal Academy School, and occasionally, between the years 1775 and 1789, sent tinted drawings to the Academy Exhibitions.[1]



  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Barralet, John James". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.

Further reading

  • Raley, Robert L. (1985). "John James Barralet in Dublin and Philadelphia" (PDF). Irish Arts Review. 2: 19–25. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2015.

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