LEE, ANTHONY

(fl. 1735-1767)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

A portrait painter who followed his profession in Dublin in the first half of the eighteenth century, and enjoyed a considerable practice. His works are occasionally met with; they are signed A. Lee, with the A and L conjoined. Two examples are in the National Gallery of Ireland (Milltown collection), a full-length portrait of Joseph Leeson, afterwards 1st Earl of Milltown, dated 1735, and a half-length of his wife, Cecilia Leigh. Lee died in his house in St. Stephen's Green in June, 1767. A contemporary newspaper, in recording his death, describes him as "Anthony Lee, an eminent portrait painter." In his will, dated 28th June, 1767, and proved 16th March, 1768, he desired to be buried in the old churchyard of Kilcroney. He left two sons, Edward and Anthony, and two daughters, Susanna and Martha. To the latter he bequeathed all his pictures. His wife, Martha Mahon, whom he married in February, 1733-4, in St. Andrew's church, predeceased him, dying in St. Stephen's Green in 1749. Several of Lee's portraits were engraved in Dublin.

William Aldrich, Lord Mayor. Mezzotint by John Brooks, 1743.

William Lingen. Mezzotint by John Brooks, 1744.

Richard, Lord Molesworth. Mezzotint by John Brooks. The original picture, belonging to a member of the Molesworth family, having fallen into decay, was destroyed a few years ago.

Henry Maule, Bishop of Meath. Mezzotint by Andrew Miller, 1747.

(The above prints are inscribed A Lee Pinxit, the A and L conjoined.)

John Leland, D.D. Mezzotint by John Brooks. Ant. Lee Pinxit.

Sir Gervis Parker. Mezzotint by A. Miller. Alexr. Lee Pinx.

John Powell Grace, of Mantua. Engraved by R. Grave in "Memoirs of the Family of Grace," 1823.

Michael Grace, of Gracefield. Engraved by R. Grave in "Memoirs of the Family of Grace," 1823.

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