George Barret Senior 1728-64
T01815 Poachers: View in the Dargle circa 1760
Canvas, 26¿ x 34¿ (66.4 x 87.3).
Purchased from P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd #1973.
Exh: English…Paintings, Colnaghi’s, November–December 1973 (68, repr. pl. 24).
Before leaving for England in 1762, Barret painted much in the neighbourhood of Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow, particularly on the Dargle river. On his arrival in England he brought with him two landscapes, ‘View of the Waterfall at Powers-court’ and ‘View in the Dargle’ which he exhibited, with two others, at the Society of Artists in 1764 (3 and 4). An identification of the latter with the Tate painting is tempting, but difficult to prove.
The composition and figures are typical of Barret, although the mechanical treatment of the foliage in some parts is not entirely characteristic and could indicate a fairly early date for the work, or studio assistance.
Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1972–1974, London 1975.