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Henry Barlow Carter (1804-1868)

Henry Barlow Carter (1804-1868)

Inspired by the seascapes of J M W Turner, Henry Barlow Carter specialised in bracing coastal scenes, especially of Yorkshire. His watercolours – and the prints made from them – made ideal souvenirs for the discerning tourist to the resort of Scarborough.

Henry Barlow Carter was born in Bermondsey, south London, and probably named after an uncle, Henry Barlow, who lived close to the west, in Church Yard Row, Newington Butts. Barlow ‘had served in the British East India Company and had been involved in action in the China seas with the French navy’ (Gordon Bell, ‘Chester and the Art of Watercolour’, The Collegian, 2005, p 26). However, there is no record that Henry Barlow Carter followed in his uncle’s footsteps and served in the navy, as has been suggested.

Two watercolours in the British Museum dated 1824, of the breakwaters of Plymouth Dock, provide the starting point for tracing Carter’s artistic development, which was influenced by the example of J M W Turner (and also Peter DeWint, whose work he collected). While living in Plymouth, he exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts (1827-30), and would also show at the British Institution and the Society of British Artists.

By 1830, Carter had moved to Kingston upon Hull, in Yorkshire, to work as a drawing master.

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