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Benjamin Barker

Who was he?

Benjamin Barker II (1776 - 1838) was the fourth child of Benjamin Barker (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 family 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:

Location of plaque at 16 Bathwick Street

Benjamin Barker II plaque

The text reads

"Here lived Benjamin Barker b. 1776 d. 1838"

Location map of 16, Bathwick Street:Benjamin Barker location map



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