John Barnard

English collector of prints and drawings and paintings (1709-1784)

English collector of prints, drawings and paintings often of high quality, but was otherwise renowned as a miser. Used a large fortune inherited from his father Sir John Barnard (about 1685-1764) MP to devote 50 years to collecting art. By 1761he had 65 paintings, and about 12,000 prints including 449 attributed to Rembrandt and drawings of high calibre bought from the sales of the earl of Arundel, Sir Peter Lely, Lord Somers, Richard Mead and Sir Uvedale Price. Barnard was originally to bequeath his prints, drawings and books to John Wilkes (the MP?), but on discovering that his wife was still maintaining a sexual relationship with Wilkes he revoked his bequest. His drawings were sold by the auctioneer John Greenwood in Leicester Square on 16-23 February 1787. Barnard often signed his drawings with his monogram and on the reverse added date of acquisition, dimensions notes on the artist and a number up to 1100. His Lugt collections number is L 1419.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
    1709-08-25
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Died
    1784
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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