INGHAM, CHARLES CROMWELL

(b. 1796, d. 1863)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in Dublin in 1796. In 1809, at the age of 13, he entered the Dublin Society's School and obtained prizes there in 1810 and 1811. He was also a pupil of William Cuming (q.v.), with whom he remained about four years; and from Cuming's house, 14 Clare Street, he sent to the exhibition in Hawkins Street in 1815 a "Portrait of a Lady," and a "Death of Cleopatra." For this latter picture he was awarded a premium of £34 2s. 6d. by the Irish Institution. The following year, 1816, he exhibited two works, a portrait and a classical subject, and then went to America. He settled in New York, where he painted portraits and subject pictures and was particularly successful in his delineation of women and children, gaining a great reputation for his portraits of the reigning beauties of New York. His miniatures were also much admired. He was one of the original members of the National Academy of Design, founded in New York in 1826, and was afterwards for many years its Vice-President. From America he sent portraits to the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1829 and 1842. He died in New York on 10th December, 1863.

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