BARRET, George
(b. ca. 1728, Dublin, d. 1784, London)

Landscape with a Watermill

Oil on canvas, 50 x 59 cm
Private collection

The painting shows a finely delineated watermill, with figures to one side and cattle to the other outside a barn; overhead the sky is overcast and brooding. The influence of Jacob van Ruisdael cam be noted, and it can be assumed that Barret had seen some of Ruisdael's watermill landscapes which served as the inspiration for this particular work.