John Comerford (1770 - 1832)Comerford was born at Kilkenny. He gained some knowledge of art from copying the pictures in the collection of the Marquis of Ormonde. He went early in life to Dublin, and entered as a student in the art schools of the Dublin Society.
He exhibited in London at the Royal Academy in 1804 and 1809. He was very successful and gained a high reputation as a miniature-painter in Dublin, and had a large and lucrative practice in his art. He particularly excelled in his male portraits, which were carefully finished, well expressed, and quiet in colour.
Comerford was a sociable and outgoing person, and he numbered among his friends many of his contemporary, distinguished artists, including: Professor Thomas James Mulvany (1779-1845), who was influential in obtaining the charter for the Royal Hibernian Academy and became one of the first academicians; the Italian landscape artist Gaspare Gabrielli, who worked in Ireland; Vincent Waldré (ca 1742-1814), also an Italian landscape artist; James Gandon (1742-1823) , the leading architect of the day in Dublin; the sculptor Smyth (1749-1812); the first President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, William Ashford (1746-1824) ; and the Waterford-born landscape artist, Thomas Sautelle Roberts (ca 1760-1826).