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Orpheus Instructing a Savage People in Theology and the Arts of Social Life

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James Barry was one of the most singular figures of eighteenth-century British art. After gaining recognition in his native Ireland, he became a protégée of Edmund Burke, who financed his six years of European travel from 1765-71. Barry pursued studies intended to perfect his abilities as a...

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Hill-Stone (New York); from whom puchased by MFA, December 12, 2007.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from Harvey D. Parker Collection and Gift of Mrs. Josiah Bradlee


Catalogue Raisonné

Pressly 17, first state of three


Platemark: 41.7 x 50.5 cm (16 7/16 x 19 7/8 in.) Sheet: 44.8 x 58.3 cm (17 5/8 x 22 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Etching and engraving


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