CAIRNES, H. STEIN

(b. 1866, d. 1887)

Landscape Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born at Pau in 1866, the son of Major W. H. Cairnes of Dublin. He studied landscape painting as a pupil of Nathaniel Hone, R.H.A., and by his advice went to Paris. He sent pictures, chiefly landscapes, to the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1883, 1884 and 1886. His works, exhibited in the latter year, included a portrait of his father "Major W. H. Cairnes," and a "Portrait of a Boy," which won him the Albert Prize. He exhibited for the last time in 1887, sending three landscapes. A remarkable portrait of his mother was hung on the line in the Paris Salon, and now belongs to his brother, Mr. H. M. Cairnes of Foxhall, Raheny, who possesses others of his works. A "View of Powerscourt" belongs to Mrs. Jameson of Glencormac, Bray, and a "Landscape" to Miss Purser, Mespil House, Dublin. In all these works he showed a vigour and artistic perception which promised a brilliant future; but almost upon the threshold of his career he died suddenly in Paris, in 1887.

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