Julius Caesar Ibbetson was born at Farnley nr. Leeds in 1759. English painter. He specialized in fairly small landscapes with figures and animals, and his style has been characterized by Sir Ellis Waterhouse as ‘more natural than de Loutherbourg's, and more civilized than Morland's’; Benjamin West called him ‘the Berchem of England’. Ibbetson worked mainly in his native Yorkshire, but also at times in London, Scotland, and the Lake District, and in 1787 and 1788 he was draughtsman on a British mission to China, during which he visited Java. He worked in watercolour as well as oil and also made etchings. In 1803 he published a manual on painting. Like his friend Morland, Ibbetson is said to have been given to dissipation, but his work did not obviously suffer because of this in the way that Morland's did. Ibbetson died at Masham, Yorkshire in 1817.
"Horses in a Barn" is a lovely little oil on panel. It is signed and dated 1793 and is framed in a fine quality gilt frame giving an overall size of 11"x 15".
On the back are a couple of nice old labels, one giving the title and details of the picture, the other for Spink, the London dealers of King St. St. James's.