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James Barenger


James Barenger Painting - Nosegay A Hound Bitch In A Kennel by James Barenger

Nosegay A Hound Bitch In A Kennel

James Barenger Painting - Aconbury A Hunter And Coaxer A Terrier In A Landscape by James Barenger

Aconbury A Hunter And Coaxer A Terrier In A Landscape

James Barenger Painting - Snipe Shooting In A Winter Landscape by James Barenger

Snipe Shooting In A Winter Landscape

James Barenger Painting - Gone Away by James Barenger

Gone Away

James Barenger (1780 – 1831) was an English animal painter and illustrator.

Claret, a hunter (1822)
Pointers going out with sportsmen (engraving by John Scott after Barenger)

Barenger was born in Kentish Town, London, the son of James Barenger Snr., a metal chaser and artist who exhibited paintings of insects at the Society of Artists and Royal Academy, and Sarah Woollett, the daughter of the engraver, William Woollett.[1] His brother Samuel (christened Major Samuel Barenger) also became an engraver.[2]

Beginning as a landscape artist, Barenger went on to specialse in painting horses, dogs and other animals, and hunting scenes. In 1807, at the age of 28, he exhibited at the Royal Academy for the first time. At this stage he was living with his father in Kentish Town, but later moved to Camden Town. He went on to exhibit 48 paintings at the Royal Academy and eight at the British Institution.[1]

He acquired numerous wealthy and aristocratic patrons, and his pictures were also engraved for sporting publications such as W. H. Scott's British Field Sports,[3] The Sporting Repository,[4] The Annals of Sporting and The Sporting Magazine. For the last of these, Scott engraved Barenger's painting of the racehorse Blucher (ca. 1814).[5]

As well as painting, Barenger also bred pointer dogs.[1] He died on 1 October 1831[6] and was buried in Old St Pancras churchyard.[1]

Sir Walter Gilbey, F. Babbage, Animal painters of England from the year 1650, Volume 1 - Alken to Gooch (London: Vinton & Co., 1900) pp. 34-39.
"Samuel Barenger (Biographical details)". British Museum. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
William Henry Scott. British field sports (London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 2nd ed., 1820).
The Sporting Repository (1822 - reprinted by London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1904).
The Sporting Magazine, October 1816, p. 1

"Obituary". The New Sporting Magazine. 2: 145. December 1831.


This article incorporates text from the article "BARENGER, James" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.

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