Who was he?
Benjamin Barker II (1776 - 1838) was the fourth child of Benjamin
(c.1720-1793). His elder brother Thomas Barker
also has a heritage plaque.
Why was he in Bath?
Born to some wealth, Benjamin Barker senior spent his youth on the
estates where he developed a keen interest in horses which lasted his
whole life. In 1781 he moved to Bath, popular with artists who preyed
upon the rich and fashionable who came to take the spa waters.
Unfortunately, Barker found that he could not make sufficient money by
painting alone, and had to supplement his earnings by painting coats of
arms on carriages and by working in a stable. Barker was the founder of
a dynasty of Bath-based artists.
Benjamin Barket II lived at 16, Bathwick Street:
The text reads
"Here lived Benjamin Barker b. 1776 d. 1838"
Location map of 16, Bathwick Street:
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