Henry Barraud was one of seventeen children, his brother, being the famous animal portrait painter, William Barraud. Henry’s early training was with J.J. Middleton, a landscape painter. Henry began exhibiting in 1831 at the British Institution, then continued to show at the Royal Academy from 1833 to 1859. Henry and William collaborated on many works, and they shared a studio in Soho in the 1830s. Their joint works were shown at the Royal Academy between 1836 and 1849, their finest being sporting and equestrian paintings. Henry’s independent work is extremely varied, painting everything from daily life, large group portraits, to romantic scenes. His portraits include the Prime Minster Lord Palmerston.
In 1842 he married Anna Maria; they had nine children, one of whom went on to establish a photographic firm. In 1874 Henry Barraud died in his home in London of kidney disease.