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WILLIAM MULREADY R.A
1786 – 1863 Signed
Oil on canvas 11 x 9 inches
Framed size 17 ¾ x 15 ½ inches
William Mulready was an Irish genre painter, born at Ennis County Clare, the son of a leather breeches maker. He moved to Dublin, then London. Showing a precocious talent for drawing he entered the Royal Academy Schools at the age of 14.
His first subjects were historical genre and landscape later turning to contemporary genre scenes. Initially inspired by Wilkie and the Dutch masters of the 17th Century he eventually developed a strong personal style and technique using a white ground and pure, luminous colours, anticipating the methods of the Pre-Raphaelites.
His reputation and professional recognition were based on his scenes of children, sometimes lowly in subject. These often shocked his contemporaries. He exhibited works at the Royal Academy 1804 - 62, was made Associate Member in 1815 and a Royal Academician in 1816. He also exhibited works at the British Institute & Suffolk Street.
Examples of his works are in The National Portrait Gallery & the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Bibl: William Mulready - K M Heleniak 1980
Provenance: Private Collection U.K
Christies February 1998
|Height||11.00 inch||(27.94 cm)|
|Width||9.00 inch||(22.86 cm)|
|External Height||17.75 inch||(45.08 cm)|
|External Width||15.50 inch||(39.37 cm)|
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