Devine, Ruth

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Bushe, Letitia

Bushe, Letitia (c.1710–1757), watercolourist and miniature painter, was the youngest daughter of Arthur Bushe of Dangan, Co. Kilkenny, secretary to the commissioners of revenue, and his wife Mary, daughter of John Forth. She was a talented artist; there is no direct…

Dean, Hugh Primrose

Dean, Hugh Primrose (1746–84), landscape painter, was one of the three sons of Alexander Dean and Grizell Kennedy of Donaghadee, Co. Down, both of Scottish descent. The family moved to Kinsale, Co. Cork. Dean is recorded as living with his brother, David, a carpenter and builder, in…

De Keyser, William

De Keyser, William (c.1603–p.1685), sculptor and architect, was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, one of four sons of Hendrik de Keyser, an architect and sculptor in Amsterdam; all four sons trained with their father in the family workshop. An elder sister, Maria…

Delmonte, (Simeon) Koert

Delmonte, (Simeon) Koert (1913–82), portrait and landscape painter, was born 15 April 1913 in van Mierlestraat, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, eldest of three children of Solomon Delmonte, banker, and his wife Nanetha, daughter of Simon Speyer, diamond merchant. His younger brother…

Elliott, Robert Matthew Johnson

Elliott, Robert Matthew Johnson (1863–1910), painter and critic, was born in England. He went to sea, aged fourteen, and worked his way up from cabin boy to master's certificate. Largely self-educated, he is reputed to have slept only four hours out of twenty-four, in order to…

Farrell, Micheal

Farrell, Micheal (1940–2000), painter and print-maker, was born 3 July 1940 at Cookstown House, near Ceanannus Mór (Kells), Co. Meath, one of two sons and two daughters of James Farrell, farmer and rugby player with Bective Rangers, and Nora Farrell (née Folwell). He began his…

Faulkner, John

Faulkner, John (c.1830–1890), landscape and marine painter, was born in Dublin. He trained at the School of Landscape and Ornament of the Royal Dublin Society Schools (1848) and exhibited his first works, with the RHA (1853),…

Gandy, James

Gandy, James (1619–89), portrait painter, was born in Exeter, England, and is thought to have been a pupil or assistant of Sir Anthony Van Dyck (d. 1641). He was one of the many artists influenced by the French and Dutch schools, and he moved to Ireland (1662) with his patron the…

Gandy, William

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Geddes, Wilhelmina Margaret

Geddes, Wilhelmina Margaret (1887–1955), stained-glass artist, was born 25 May 1887 at her maternal grandparents’ home, Drumreilly, Co. Leitrim, eldest of four children of Belfast-born William Geddes, site engineer with the Sligo, Leitrim, and Northern Counties Railway, and Eliza…

Gleeson, Evelyn

Gleeson, Evelyn (1855–1944), designer, was born 15 May 1855 in Knutsford, Cheshire, the daughter of Irish-born Edward Moloney Gleeson, a medical doctor. Her father had a practice in Knutsford but on a trip to Ireland he was struck by the poverty and unemployment and, with the advice…

Gubbins, Beatrice

Gubbins, Beatrice (1878–1944), watercolour artist and traveller, was born 19 September 1878 in Co. Limerick, the youngest of the two sons and five daughters of Thomas Wise Gubbins, distiller, and his wife, Frances Gertrude (née Russell) of Askeaton, Co. Limerick. The family moved to…

Hamilton, Eva Henrietta

Hamilton, Eva Henrietta (1876–1960) and Laetitia Marion (‘May’) (1878–1964), painters, were the eldest and second daughters respectively among eight surviving children of Charles Robert Hamilton (1846–1913), landowner and JP for Co. Meath,…

Hamilton, Laetitia

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Houston, Richard

Houston, Richard (1721/2–1775), mezzotint engraver, was born in Dublin, possibly the son of Richard Houston, a baker, and his wife, Rachel. He was apprenticed to John Brooks (qv), who had returned to Dublin from London in 1741, having…

Jameson, Joan

Jameson, Joan (1892–1953), still life, figure and landscape painter, was born Joan Moira Maud, in London on 4 October 1892, elder of the two daughters of Sir Richard John Musgrave , 5th baronet, DL and JP…

Jammet, Yvonne

Jammet, Yvonne (1900–67), landscape painter and sculptor, was born Yvonne Auger in Paris, the daughter of Félix Auger and his wife Catherine (née Jammet), restaurateurs; her mother was a second cousin once removed from her future husband. Yvonne studied art at the Académie Julian…

Jones, Francis William Doyle

Jones, Francis William Doyle (1873–1938), sculptor, was born 11 November 1873 in West Hartlepool, Co. Durham, of Irish parents. He studied sculpture in London under the tuition of Edouard Lanteri (1848–1917), the first professor of modelling at the South Kensington Art Schools (…

Joy, Albert Bruce-

Joy, Albert Bruce- (1842–1924), sculptor, was born in Dublin, eldest son of Dr William Bruce Joy, member of the Royal College of Physicians, Ireland; nothing is known of his mother. The Joy family was of huguenot descent. Albert was sent at nine years of age to school at Offenbach,…

Kendrick, Matthew

Kendrick, Matthew (c.1797–1874), marine painter, was born in Dublin, the son of a customs official. His early life was tough: he worked as a seaman on a merchant ship and then on a fishing vessel in Newfoundland, an area known for its stormy seas. When he returned to…

Kenny, Desmond Warren

Kenny, Desmond Warren (1917–91), co-founder of Kenny's Bookshop and Art Gallery, was born 13 October 1917 in Galway city, second son and fourth among six children of Cork-born Thomas Joseph Warren Kenny, founding editor of the Connacht Tribune newspapers, and Katherine…

King, Richard

King, Richard (1907–74), stained-glass artist and illustrator, was born 7 July 1907 in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, elder of two sons of John J. King, sergeant in the RIC, and Margaret King (née Brereton). He was educated by the De la Salle…

Kirkwood (née Jameson), Harriet

Kirkwood (née Jameson), Harriet (1880–1953), landscape and still life painter, was born Grace Harriet Sara Jameson in Dublin on 28 September 1880, the middle of the three daughters of Andrew Jameson (qv), chairman and managing director…

Marrinan, Padraig H.

Marrinan, Padraig H. (1906–73), figure- and portrait-painter, was born Patrick Hamilton Marrinan 10 December 1906 in Belfast, son of James Marrinan, member of the RIC, originally from Co. Louth, and Emily Marrinan (née O'Neill). Padraig…

McCormick, Arthur David

McCormick, Arthur David (1860–1943), illustrator, landscape painter, and designer, was born 14 October 1860 in Church St., Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, youngest son of Arthur McCormick. He was educated in Coleraine and in the Government School of Design, Belfast. He travelled to…