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An unknown Gentleman

£ 1,400

Wearing a brown coat, white waistcoat and frilled cravat
set in the original frame with gold mount and blue glass border, the reverse with pearl monogram JY

Sampson Towgood Roch (1757-1847) was an Irish painter of miniatures. The son of William and Mary Roch of Youghal, in County Cork, he was born deaf. It is unknown with whom he studied; he may have been self-taught. By 1779 he had established himself in Dublin, and in the years following is known to have worked in England. Beginning in 1786 he lived in Cork; while there he married a distant cousin. In 1792 the couple moved to Bath, where his practice flourished. Roch returned to the family home in County Waterford in 1822; there he died in 1847.
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Year                 Circa 1790
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 8, 33 (# 115).
Paul Caffrey number 57
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 slight discolouration to the face
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