From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913
Was born in London in February, 1852, son of Lt.-Colonel John Pitt Kennedy (son of John Pitt Kennedy, rector of Carndonagh, Co. Donegal), who, after a lengthy service in the army, was Inspector-General under the National Board in Ireland, and afterwards distinguished himself as an engineer in the service of the Indian Government, and died in 1879. Charles Napier studied at the Slade School and in Paris. He exhibited for the first time in the Royal Academy in 1872 and was a frequent contributor until 1894, as well as at the Society of British Artists, the New Gallery and elsewhere. In 1886 he began to exhibit in the Royal Hibernian Academy, and was made an Associate on the 18th July, 1896. He was also a member of the Institute of Painters in Water-colours. Some of his best pictures were shown at the New Gallery, including "The fair-haired Slave who made himself a King," now in the Corporation Art Gallery in Manchester. His "Neptune," a fine, vigorously painted picture, is in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; it was etched by P. A. Masse/ for the "Art Journal" for January, 1890. The National Gallery of Ireland possesses "The Boy and the Dryad," the gift of his widow. Two large full-length portraits of William Alexander, Archbishop of Armagh, and his wife, belonged to the late Archbishop. Kennedy died at St. Ives, Cornwall, on 17th January, 1898.
Charlotte Milligan Fox, sister of the poet Alice Milligan, was a founding member of the Irish Folk Song Society and an indefatigable field collector of Irish traditional music. Her singularly important work on Irish haprers is here presented for the twenty-first century reader. This edition of Annals offers a much greater number of illustrations than were included in the original 1911 publication, a full biographical introduction, an extensive bibliography of the writings of Milligan Fox and an appendix discussing the variant texts of Arthur O’Neills Memoirs.
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