A Compendium of Irish Biography/Barrett, George
Barrett, George, an eminent landscape painter, born in Dublin in 1730. He was one of the originators and first members of the Royal Academy, and was in the latter part of his life, appointed master painter to Chelsea Hospital, through the influence of his friend Edmund Burke. He died at Paddington in 1784. "He was a chaste and faithful delineator of English landscape, which he viewed with the eye of an artist, and selected with the feeling of a man of taste. His colouring is excellent, and there is a freshness and dewy brightness in his verdure, which is only to be met with in English scenery, and which he has perfectly represented." 
- Painters and Engravers, Dictionary of: Michael Bryan: Edited by George Stanley. London, 1873.