BRENNAN, EDWARD J.

(fl. 1878-1884)

Landscape Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in Kilkenny. His father was a tailor and he himself was brought up to that trade. He was for some time a cutter in a tailor's shop in Dawson Street, Dublin, but having a talent for drawing he resolved to become a painter. He studied in Paris, and on his return to Dublin began to exhibit at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1878. From that year until 1884 he was a regular exhibitor of landscapes. In 1882 he won the Albert prize at the Royal Hibernian Academy with a picture, "An Autumn day on the Liffey," so much better than anything he had done before or did afterwards that it was doubted whether it was his own work. After 1884 he went to London, and then to the continent, where he died from the effects of intemperance.

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