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James Cuffe


Artist: Nathaniel Hone

wearing red coat and waistcoat, lace cravat

This relatively late miniature is a fine example of Hone's mature watercolour on ivory technique.

James Cuffe, 1st Baron Tyrawley (1747 – 15 June 1821) was an Irish peer and politician. His father was James Cuff of Elmhall and Ballinrobe Castle and his mother was Elizabeth, sister of Arthur Gore, 1st Earl of Arran.

From 1768 until 1797 Cuffe represented Mayo in the Irish House of Commons. In 1776, he stood also for Donegal Borough and in 1783 for Tuam, however chose both times not to sit. He was created Baron Tyrawley on 7 November 1797 and was elected as one of the first representative peers for Ireland in 1800.
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Year                 1780
Literature                 Paul Caffrey, John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland c. 1620-1850, at the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1999, p. 22 Number 19

The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 7, 28 (# 84)
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 Good
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