Edward Charles Barnes was born in Birmingham on 6 May, 1836 to Stephen Charles Barnes and Sarah Smith. The family lived in Gough Street in Birmingham and later 6 George Street in Edgbaston. His father ran a successful tailoring business which allowed Barnes and his brother George to receive a formal education and become students of art.
He made his debut at the Royal Academy in 1856, continuing to exhibit there until 1882. He also exhibited at the British Institution from 1857 and at the Royal Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street. His paintings were divided into two types, small genre and domestic scenes and larger studies of Victorian life similar to William Powell Frith.
He married Mary Ann Beck on 18 July, 1859 at Tiverton. The couple lived with his parents at George Street in Edgbaston for number of years until around 1862 when they moved to London, where all 8 of their children were later born. He was elected a full member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1865. By 1871, he was living at 19 Provost Road, Hampstead, later moving to 192 Alexandra Road. He died on 25 March, 1882 in London and was buried on 29 March at Camden.
As well as genre scenes, Barnes also painted Spanish subjects in the style of John Phillip and J B Burgess. With his keen observation and eye for detail Barnes is able to draw the viewer into the scene, giving his characters life and expression. Examples of his paintings are held by The Box, Plymouth, Cooper Gallery, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Rotherham Heritage Services, Sheffield Museum and the Wellcome Collection.
|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||29.5 inches x 24.5 inches (75cm x 62cm)|
|Framed Size||37.5 inches x 32.5 inches (95.5cm x 82.5cm)|