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Sampling of works by Barnard

 Sydney Carton, 
Frederick Barnard. "The Ardor and the Joy of a Game at Foot-Ball." From Harper's Weekly. New York, November 10, 1888. 9 x 13 1/2. Wood engraving. This delightful scene focuses on the spectators, the football match shown from the stands 

"An Ear Shave" - Sketched From Life In The Chinese Quarter Of  New York By Frederick Barnard 
Harper's Weekly, March 10, 1888, page 161 

Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. 8" x 11.5". This is a photogravure after the artist Frederick Barnard, from volume four of "Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction, and the Drama," published by Selmar Press, New York, 1892 

The Two Wellers. 8" x 11.5". This is a photogravure after the artist Frederick Barnard, from volume four of "Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction, and the Drama," published by Selmar Press New York, 1892 

Mr. Peggotty, Frederick Barnard, c.1895. Price: 25.00 
Hand coloured vignette engraving. 8 x 10 inches

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Mr. Micawber, Frederick Barnard, c.1895. Price: 25.00 
Hand coloured vignette engraving. 8 1/2 x 10 inches. 

87912 Caleb Plummer and his Blind Daughter, Frederick Barnard, c.1895. Price: 18.00 
Hand coloured vignette engraving. 8 x 9 1/4 inches. 
Dick Swiveller and the Marchioness, Frederick Barnard, c.1895. Price: 20.00 
Hand coloured vignette engraving. 9 x 10 inches. 
87911 Dick Swiveller and the Marchioness, Frederick Barnard, c.1895. Price: 20.00 
Hand coloured vignette engraving. 9 x 10 inches. 



Frederick Barnard (1846-1896)  English Illustrator

Frederick is best known for his illustrations of Charles Dickens' characters published independently in the 1890's and his many contributions to Harper's magazine. 

He studied art in Paris under Bonnat and got work through several magazines and papers such as Illustrated London News and Punch. 

In 1870 he married Alice Faraday (1847-1952) and they would have one son and two daughters (that I know of). By 1885/1886 Frederick and his family is at Broadway with the colony of artistsIt is here that John Singer Sargent paints his wife Mrs. Frederick Barnard, and then later his two daughters in Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose and it is here that Frederick cements his relationship with Henry Harper (of Harper's magazine fame) and through Harper's, Frederick is employed to illustrate a number of issues.

On the 18th of December 1891, Frederick and Alice Faraday Barnard's only son Geoffrey, who was employed as an artist with his father, died at the age of twenty -- his father was by his side.[1]  Inconsolable, Frederick resorted to self medication of narcotics. Although by 1896 his art was the most successful of any time, his personal life was falling apart and as late as June, he and Alice had separated. Over the next four months "looking old, and feeble for a man of his age," and suffering from chronic sleeplessness,  Frederick tragically died in a fire -- an accident of his own making.

From: Joan P. Jackson 
(joan jackson @
Date: 6/18/2004

[The Times, London, Thursday October 1, 1896; p.9; Issue 35010; col D]

(Editor's Note - Paragraph breaks added with [p] for readability on the net)


Yesterday afternoon. Mr. A. Braxton Hicks, the Mid-Surrey coroner, held an inquiry at the local board offices, Wimbledon, with reference to the death of Mr. FEDERICK BARNARD,  the well-known artist in black and white, who was suffocated in a fire which occurred on Saturday last at Abermaw, Merton-hall-road, Wimbledon. Mr. C. W. Langford, solicitor, attended to watch the case on behalf of Mr. Ambrose Myall, a gentleman interested. Mrs. Alice Barnard, of Wemman-house, Wenman-road, Hampstead, said the deceased was her husband, from whom she was separated. [p]

He was 50 years of age. [p]

She spent a few days in the country with him quite recently, and he was then in his usual good health. She was aware that he was fond of smoking in bed, and that he suffered from sleeplessness. He was accustomed to take a drug, the medicinal quality of which was of a hypnotic nature; otherwise he was of very steady habits. He had been engaged in his work right up to the last, and was in no way incapacitated by the use of the drug. There was nothing else that the witness wished to add. [p]

Mrs. Annie Laura Myall, wife of Mr. Ambroso Augustus Myall, said she resided at Abermaw,, Merton-hall-road, but not with her husband. The deceased had been lodging with her for nearly four months, occupying the back bedroom on the first floor. He did his work in London. During the time he had been living there she had smelt smoke in his bedroom, but she did not know that he was given to smoking in bed. When he came to her she thought he looked old, and that he seemed feeble for a man of his age; in fact she was under the impression that he was at least 60. He did not appear to be in good health, but she was not aware that he took sleeping draughts. She never saw him otherwise than perfectly sober, and he always kept good hours. [p]

On Saturday night he went to bed as usual at 10 o'clock and she heard nothing during the night. It was his custom to lie in bed until a late hour on Sunday. Witness had not noticed any smell of burning in his room, but her servant, Mary Tritt, did. This was at 10 o'clock on Sunday morning, and she told witness that she had shut her bedroom window in consequence. She remarked that she thought some one was burning weeds in the garden, and no further notice was taken of the matter. [p]

Later on Mrs. Friswell, witness's mother, came and told her that she thought she heard a noise in Mr.s Barnard's room, and she knocked at the doorand asked him whether she could do anything for him, and that Mr. Barnard replied, "No, Madam, no." [p]

At half-past 1 Miss Gaubert, a neighbor, came to the house and said she had seen smoke coming from the deceased's bedroom window. Witness rushed upstairs, after sending her little boy for assistance, and upon opening the door found the room full of smoke, which was so dense that she could not see anything in the room. Mrs. Friswell followed her up, seizing a jug of water, and threw it into the room. Directly the door was opened she saw a short flame flare up on the further side of the bed. Her mother threw the water over the fire and witness said, "Where is Mr. Barnard?" adding, "He is not here." [p]

Her mother answered, "Yes he is here, and I think he is dead." [p]

Witness could then discern the  dim shadow of his body through the smoke. Mr. Mack, the neighbor who had come in, ran as fast as he could for further assistance, and the fire brigade shortly afterwards arrived. Meanwhile the fire had been extinguished, and when the firemen came they threw the smoldering bed out the window. When witness saw the deceased's pipe and matches they had been placed in a bowel. [p]

Mrs. Emma Friswell, mother of the last witness, said that at 10:30 on Sunday morning she heard the sound of groaning proceeding from Mr. Barnard's bedroom, and knocking at the door, she asked, "Are you ill? Can I do anything for you?" [p]

He said, "No madam, no,"" quite clearly. The witness then corroborated her daughter's evidence as to what happened subsequently. It was the corner of the room that was in flames, and she thought that an ottoman was the seat of the fire. She had seen the deceased smoking cigarettes, but not a pipe. The ashes from his pipe might have fallen on to the ottoman. [p]

Mr. Robert Ellis Mack, an art editor, of B(?)eech-hall, Merton-hall-lane, stated that Mr. Barnard was a personal friend of his, and so late as Saturday night he finished sketches of Squire Thornleigh and Dr. Primrose for a new edition of "The Vicar of Wakefield." He was then very jolly. His work was better than ever it had been. [p]

He was aware that the deceased was in the habit of reading until 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning, when he would fall asleep.  He had seen  him smoking in bed, and had warned him of the danger of doing so. He had seen burnt paper which he had carelessly thrown down in the room. [p]

Captain Leach, chief of the Wimbledon Fire Brigade, deposed to being called to the outbreak and finding the mattress smoudering. The deceased was lying on the bed in a natural position. The mattress had been burning as a haystack would. Witness found a pipe and a cigar on the floor near the foot of the bed, and there was some tobacco in a pouch on a washstand close by. The pipe might have fallen off the bed, but cigar had not been lit. [p]

Dr. Samuel R. Collyer, of Hartfield Wimbledon, stated that in his opinion the case of the death was suffocation, consequent upon the smoke. The coroner said the bedding, being composed of wool and straw, would account for the intensity of the smoke. In summing up the coroner spoke of the deceased's qualities as an artist, and said there was no question as to his sobriety, his work requiring the steadiest of hands. The drug which he had been in the habit of taking was more neurotic than narcotic, the deceased no doubt having recourse to it to steady his nerves. [p]

The jury retired and after a quarter of an hour's deliberation returned into the Court with a verdict of "Accidental death." [p]

The coroner said Mr. Langford wished it to be known -- although it had nothing to do with the inquiry -- that the deceased was a stranger to Mr. Ambrose Myall [the gentleman interested], who was not aware that he was living at Abermaw. He thought there was no question that the deceased was anything else than a lodger there. He told the jury that now they had returned their verdict. 





Subject: Genealogy help on Elinor M. Barnard (1872-1942) was she the niece of Frederick Barnard
From: Joan Powell Jackson
(joan jackson @
Date:Tue, 29 Apr 2003 

I came across you from searching the Barnards on a search engine. My interest is in Elinor M. Barnard who was Frederick Barnard's niece and briefly studied under him

See Elinor M. Barnard


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