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Portraits of Barry and Burke in the Characters of Ulysses and his Companion Fleeing from the Cave of Polyphemus

James Barry’s radical political views may have stemmed from his early days in Cork, where he was born and trained as an artist. At the time of the American War of Independence, Barry was outspoken in his support for the revolutionaries. This painting is a complex allegorical work which depicts the artist and his friend and patron, the Irish statesman Edmund Burke, fleeing from the cave of cyclops …