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A miniature portrait of Adam Douglas


6.7 cm (2 3/4")
Signed and dated 1789, inscribed on the rim of the frame Adam Douglas. No. 5 Clare Street, with plaited hair border, the reverse with sitter's initials AD and the number 44 in gold numerals

Sampson 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.

Roch's miniatures are amongst the best produced by Irish artists;
6.7 cm (2 3/4")
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Year                 1789
Medium                 Watercolour on ivory
Signed                 Signed and dated, inscribed on the rim of the frame Adam Douglas. No. 5 Clare Street,
Literature                 Paul Caffrey, John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland c. 1620-1850, at the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1999, p. 32 Number 59, illustrated in colour p. 39

The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately publi
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
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