BURKE, AUGUSTUS NICHOLAS, R.H.A.

(b. about 1838, d. 1891)

Landscape and Subject Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Augustus N. Burke, R.H.A. Photograph.

Was sixth son of William Burke of Knocknagur, County Galway, and Fanny Xaveria only daughter of Thomas Tucker of Brook Lodge, Sussex. He began his artistic career in London and from 1863 exhibited at the Royal Academy, where his works regularly appeared until his death. In 1869 he took up his residence in Dublin, and was elected an Associate of the Royal Hibernian Academy on 18th July, 1871, and a Member on 26th August of the same year. He painted landscapes and subjects and a few portraits. A "Breton Farmyard" belongs to Dr. C. E. Fitzgerald of Upper Merrion Street; "The Feast-day of Notre Dame de Tremala, Brittany" is in the Council Room of the Royal Hibernian Academy, and a "View in Connemara" in the National Gallery of Ireland. A portrait by him of Earl Cowper is in the State Apartments, Dublin Castle. After the murder in the Phoenix Park in 1882 of his brother, Thomas Henry Burke, Under-Secretary for Ireland, he left Dublin and settled in London. He died on the 28th December, 1891, at 22 Via La Marmora, Florence, aged 53. A portrait of him, a charcoal sketch by Alfred Grey, R.H.A., done in 1873, is in the National Gallery of Ireland, as also a wax medallion by John Woodhouse, A.R.H.A.

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