Fiumi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Rome

by Julian Barrow


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 45.7 x 61.0 cm/18.0 x 24.0 ins
SIGNATURE: Signed and inscribed ‘Rome 5am’ (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas



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    Julian Barrow was known for his landscapes and paintings of country houses, conversation pieces and interiors. He studied painting in Florence under Signorina Simi and Pietro Annigoni. He regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and had one man shows at the Fine Art Society in London and at the W M Brady Gallery in New York.

    He travelled extensively in India, South East Asia, France, Italy and the USA. From the mid-60s until his death he lived and worked at his studio in Tite Street, Chelsea, London, a Victorian building of studios once occupied by John Singer Sargent, Whistler and Augustus John.

    Julian Barrow’s  paintings convey his delight in travel and in getting to know a subject, whether it be architectural, human or a combination of both. He exhibited regularly in New York, London and the Middle East since the 1960’s after studying painting in Florence. His studio was on Tite Street, Chelsea, London in a Victorian building of studios where both Sargent and Whistler painted.

    From the Estate of Benjamin H. Oehlert, Jr., ambassador to Pakistan from 1967 to 1969

    Private collection, United States

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    Julian Barrow was born in Cumberland but lived for most of his life in London. He studied in Florence with Pietro Annigoni (famous for his early portrait of Queen Elizabeth II) and was an inveterate traveller, painting views throughout the world, including in London, New York, the Middle East, India, and the Far East. For decades he lived, with his wife Serena, in a magnificent studio on Tite Street in Chelsea in the building formerly occupied at various times by Sargent, Whistler, Glyn Philpot and Augustus John. Barrow was a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy and was a longtime President of the Chelsea Art Society.

    Julian Barrow was described by James Lees-Milne as “a country house painter par excellence” and his commissions for interiors and exteriors of country estates took him all over England, Scotland, Ireland, and America. He also painted many of the private clubs in London and New York. In 1977, for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, Barrow produced a painting of the House of Lords which now hangs at Westminster.

    John Julius Norwich, in his introduction to the catalogue of a one-man show at the Fine Art Society in London in 2005, notes that Barrow’s pictures “radiate a love of life, a joy in light and shade and colour, a grateful appreciation of all the blessedness that lies around us if we can only make the effort to see it. They warm us; they cheer us; they convince us that whatever terrible things happen in the world, there is a beauty there a-plenty for the asking – and for the taking.”

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