Micheal O Muirthile

Daniel Maclise, RA (1995)

12.6x12.6 in ~ Drawing, Pencil


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I undertook this pencil drawing on cream-coloured paper of Daniel Maclise in 1995. Daniel Maclise RA (1806–1870) is one of the most successful painters in the history of art. The historical artist and portraitist was born in Cork. He was initially employed for two years as a bank clerk and later he attended classes at the Cork Crawford School of Art. In 1825, when the famous novelist Sir Walter Scott was travelling in Ireland, Maclise saw him in a book shop and promptly made a casual sketch of him, which he later lithographed and sold. The sketch was exceptionally well received and Maclise became in great demand as a portrait painter. These early portrait sketches he executed in pencil, with a keen eye for detail and accessory. A set of limited edition prints, signed and stamped by the artist, is available; email Mícheál for full details.

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