George Barker (1775-1845)
Standing on a tall pedestal, the bust is carved in the romantic classical style typical of Hollins' sculpture: robes loosely hung round the shoulders, head turned away and with hair blown forward. However, the facial features are sensitively modelled, showing both calm and intelligence.
As the Triennial Festival raised large sums of money for the benefit of the General Hospital, the bust was appropriately place in the Hospital boardroom. It is now on permanent loan to Lee, Crowder and Co., a firm of solicitors founded by Barker, himself an attorney. This firm managed many of the hospital's legal affairs.Hollins was paid 100 guineas for the bust.(1)
In recognition of George Barker's work as chairman of the Birmingham Triennial Festival Committee, a position he held for many years until he retired due to ill health in 1843, a public subscription raised £560 in 1844, which paid for a gift to him of silverware and this portrait bust.
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