Joseph Patrick Haverty

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Haverty, Joseph Patrick, artist, was born in Galway towards the close of the 18th century. He was successful as a portrait painter in oils, and also executed a great many works of a genre and scriptural character. Several of the latter are to be found in the Catholic churches of Dublin. He painted seven pictures illustrating the administration of the Sacraments, chiefly as among the Irish peasantry, but they were sold separately, and have become scattered. His "Limerick Piper" obtained much popularity, and is preserved in the Irish National Gallery, to which it was presented by William Smith O'Brien. Among his best portraits may be mentioned a full-length of Daniel O'Connell, belonging to the Reform Club, in London, of which there is a fine engraving, and another full-length of O'Connell, considered superior to the former, the property of the Limerick Corporation. Haverty spent so much of his life in Limerick, where he received a great deal of patronage, that he was frequently regarded as a Limerick man; but he lived also much in London, having to rely chiefly on English support. In his colouring, which was the weakest feature in his works, he followed the English school. He died in Dublin in 1864, aged about 70. [His brother, Martin Haverty, one of the librarians of the King's Inns, Dublin, is the author of a careful History of Ireland, Ancient and Modern (Dublin, 1860), which has been constantly referred to in this Compendium].

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233. Manuscript and Special Information, and Current Periodicals.

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