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Possibly a portrait of Sir David Wilkie, R.A., (1785-1841)

£ 1,100

Artist: John Comerford

Wilkie was born in Scotland and was a highly successful genre painter. He was influenced by the writings of Maria Edgeworth (1767-1848)

Comerford acquired his early artistic skills by copying paintings in Kilkenny Castle, Carrick-on-Suir and other towns in the south-east, and he for some years he worked as portrait painter in oils in Kilkenny, Waterford, Carrick-on-Suir, other nearby places. Comerford was soon dividing his time between Dublin and Kilkenny.

Comerford's style was influenced by a meeting in 1799 with the English artist George Chinnery (1774-1852), who was practising in Dublin from 1795 to 1802, and who had married in 1799. Comerford, who became a close, life-long friend of Chinnery, adopted a variation on the English artist's style of miniature painting, and with the encouragement of Chinnery, Comerford abandoned working on portraits in oil, and for the rest of his career concentrated on miniatures.
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Year                 circa 1800
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Literature                 Paul Caffrey, John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland c. 1620-1850, at the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1999, p. 51 Number 82, illustrated in colour p. 42.

The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately publ
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin (number 122) in 2009.

Grosvenor House Fair, 1996, by D.S. Lavender
Condition                 Old water damage at 6 o'clock at the border.
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