ROBERTSON, CLEMENTINA (MRS. SIREE)

(b. 1795, d. about 1853)

Miniature Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Daughter of Charles Robertson* (q.v.), was born in Dublin in 1795. She was taught miniature painting by her father and began to exhibit in 1812, when she sent a landscape to the Irish Society of Artists. She again exhibited in 1813, 1814 and 1817. To the Royal Hibernian Academy she contributed miniatures, sixteen in all, in 1826, 1828,1831 and 1832. She married in 1830, John Siree, who was a medical student, but never qualified as a doctor. He died of fever in Fleet Street, in 1835, at the age of 35. Mrs. Siree, for many years afterwards, continued the practice of her profession and also taught music, at which she was a proficient, as well as languages and drawing. She was living at No. 3 Westland Row in 1853, and probably died in, or soon after, that year. A miniature portrait of her husband, by her, is in the National Gallery of Ireland, as well as two miniatures on paper.

NOTE: * He had also a daughter Christiana, who was not the "Christiana Robertson" who in 1822 exhibited, from 5 Vigo Lane, London, a picture, "Boy with a bird's nest," at the British Institution.

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