Mrs Angela Doris Manners BARRY
aka Doris nee Hume-Spry

Fellow students Doris HUME-SPRY and Claude Francis BARRY met at art school in Bournemouth and they married, against parental wishes (on his part), in 1908. Doris, a descendant of the Dukes of Rutland (though one without fortune) had been born in Bengal in 1884 (IGI), the daughter of Charles Hume-Spry. She was both a competent painter and an excellent art-needleworker.

The couple had three children, two daughters and one son. Mrs Barry served on the Ladies Committee at STIAC in 1911, and began to show her needlework pictures In December of 1913. The couple also exhibited at Show Days, sharing a studio for the purposes of exhibition until 1921. From that point, we lose sight of Doris Barry, at least in that name.  Her husband left St Ives in 1922 (though he was to return later in the 1940s)  to pursue his etching career in France and Italy.  Their marriage was dissolved in 1927.


Embroidery, tapestries, silk painting: mixed media

works and access

Titles include: Cornish Mine Shafts and Reflections


Royal Albert Institute of Windsor December 1913

St. Leonard's Studio, Porthmeor, St Ives (Needlework pictures) 31 Aug - 7 Sep 1918

Falmouth Art Gallery (Needlework pictures) Feb 1919

St Ives Modern Embroidery March-May 1919

              Spring Exhibition March 1920

Works for London Galleries: Silk pictures March 1920

Needlework pictures for RA

Suffolk Street, London Society of Women Artists Exhibition March 1920


St Ives Times 12 Dec 1913, 30 Aug 1918, 7 Feb 1919, 14 Mar 1919, 23 May 1919, 5 Mar 1920, 5 Mar 1920 [from Daily Chronicle 2 Mar 1920], 19 Mar 1920

Burke's Peerage (2009 records)

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p313)

Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History