Thomas Barratt was born in Stockbridge, near Winchester in Hampshire in 1827, the son of William Barratt and Sarah Goff. His father was a publican and the family lived at the White Hart Inn, Stockbridge. The village was made popular due to its local racecourse known as The Danebury and many race horses were trained in the area. Although little is known about his early education, it is highly likely he received artistic tuition and from his surroundings and would have been able to develop an in depth knowledge of horse and animal anatomy. Many of his works feature animals in landscapes and include a number of sporting paintings.
He made his debut at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1851 and exhibited there regularly until 1858. He began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1852 with a painting entitled ‘The Farmyard’, continuing to exhibit there until 1860. He also exhibited at the British Institution from 1852. Barratt lived in Stockbridge for most of his life and at some point was referred to as Thomas Barratt of Stockbridge, to avoid to being confused with the similarly named artist Thomas Barrett (1845-1924) of Nottingham. Certain reputable sources have in the past wrongly attributed some of the Nottingham artist’s exhibition dates and address with Barratt’s which may well explain the retrospective title.
Barratt is known to have spent time with his Nephew Frederick Barratt who became a well-known race horse trainer in Findon, Sussex. He is believed to have painted all of his nephew’s winners. His last known recorded address was at Winchester Road, Stockbridge, in 1861 the year after his last known exhibition. Although the exact date of his death is not known, he most likely died circa 1861/1862.
|Presentation||The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.|
|Condition||As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.|
|Image Size||19.5 inches x 29.5 inches (49.5cm x 75cm)|
|Framed Size||28.25 inches x 38.25 inches (72cm x 97cm)|