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Paintings: G0047


Elizabeth Barry


Oil on panel



Kneller, Godfrey Bt (Sir) [ Copy after ]


Height: 21.9cm
Width: 16.8cm

Other materials



Charles Mathews

Other number

Mathews 138 (artist unknown)
RW 284 (artist unknown)
CKA 284

Exhibition history

1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (138)

Related works

The Strawberry Hill portrait, described as head and shoulder in profile 30"x25", was sold at Sotheby's on 3 May 1972 (128), seller and buyer unknown

Engraving history

Charles Knight for Harding's "Biographical Mirror" pub. E. & S. Harding 17 December 1792, stipple 12.9x10.2, inscr: "From an original picture by Sr Godfrey Kneller / in the Collection of the Rt. Hon the Earl of Orford at Strawberry Hill" [see PM0104] Anon. Mezzotint 10.8x8.2 Anon., stipple 9.8x7.6

The sitter wears a brown and blue striped dress caught up on left shoulder with a pale blue knot.
G0047 may have been copied from Charles Knight's engraving, after the Kneller original.
Recognised as the first great English actress, Elizabeth Barry made her debut on the London stage as Draxilla in Oxway’s “Alcibiade” at Covent Garden in late September 1675. She retired after the season 1709-10. Her magnetic intensity was at best in such roles as Roxalana in “The Rival Queens”, Calista in “The Fair Penitent”, and Lady Macbeth.
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