John Wright Barker

(1864 - 1941)

Puppy Days

Signed, lower right: Wright Barker.; titled and with artist’s name and address, on the reverse: Puppy Days/Wright Barker R.B.A./The Beeches/Ollerton/nr Newark
Oil on canvas
35⅞ x 47¼ in – 91 x 120 cm
Frame size
43½ x 55 in – 110.5 x 139.7 cm
Height 11⁷/₈ in (91 cm)
width 11¹/₄ in (120 cm)

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Miss Ellen Cooper-Dearn, Bournemouth;
Estate of the late Miss Sylvia Bowditch;
Private collection, UK;
Estate of the late Mervyn Stewkesbury


A native of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, Wright Barker later went to live in Newark and in 1903 moved to London, settling in Hampstead.

However, it was his Nottinghamshire background, which inspired his work throughout his career. He painted the local hunts and woodland areas, the people who lived there and the events, which made up their annual calendar, such as the visiting fairs and sporting events. He had a great love of animals and occasionally painted portraits of domestic pets, sometimes with their owners.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy, fourteen paintings in all between the years 1891 and 1904 and he also exhibited once at Suffolk Street.

His works can be found in public collections including Bradford Museums and Galleries; the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Kirklees Museums and Galleries.

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