John Eyre, the son of Thomas Eyre, a wool-comber and weaver of Coventry, was born in 1771. He became apprenticed to his father in 1784 and nothing further is known of him until his conviction for housebreaking in March 1799. While he doubtless followed his father’s trade after he had served his term of apprenticeship, he may also have taken painting lessons from Joseph Barnes—then active in Coventry. This is likely since his works executed here indicate some sort of professional training.
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