The historical painter Thomas Jones Barker, son of Thomas Barker of Bath, studied in Paris under the French military painter Horace Vernet. He exhibited at the Paris Salons in the late 1830s and 1840s, including his important and arresting picture Bride of Death (1838/9). Barker returned to England in 1845, living in London and exhibiting at the Royal Academy until 1876. His major paintings were of scenes in the Napoleonic, Crimean and Franco-Prussian wars. He also established some reputation as a portrait painter.
Queen Victoria Presenting a Bible (1861) and The Relief of Luchnow are at the National Portrait Gallery. The Bride of Death is at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, where other works by the Barker family may also be seen.
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