James Barry (Irish, 1741–1806), The Phoenix or The Resurrection of Freedom, 1776/ca. 1790, etching and engraving with traces of aquatint, 17 x 24.1 inches (plate). Gift of William and Nancy Pressly in honor of the Stent Family, 2015.002.001.
Join us in the No Cross, No Crown, Prints by James Barry special exhibition for an informal gallery talk by William Pressly, the collector and scholar who spent decades deciphering James Barry’s grand, but often, abstruse art.
Pressly's book,James Barry’s Murals at the Royal Society of Arts: Envisioning a New Public Art (Cork University Press, 2014) was awarded the 2015 William MB Berger Prize for British Art History.