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Biography for Joseph Barber

Born:1757 - Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England


He was one of the first Birmingham artists to travel to North Wales to sketch.


Barber moved to Birmingham in the 1770s to work as a painter of papier-mâché and japanned ware. By 1785 he was in demand as a portrait draughtsman and became the first professional drawing-master in Birmingham. His students included David Cox (1783-1859) and William Radclyffe (1780-1855) as well as Barber's two sons.

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