WATSON, HENRY

(b. 1822, d. 1911)

Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in Cork in 1822, the second son of Henry Watson and his wife Anne Carroll. He began as a coach-painter in Cork, and also painted local views and portraits. After the death of his father in 1836 he came to Dublin and studied in the Royal Hibernian Academy School. He obtained a good practice in painting portraits, landscapes, animals and still-life, and did many pictures and drawings for Sir Charles Domvile, of Santry Court, among which was a life-size portrait of Queen Victoria, now at Artane Industrial School. In his later years he drifted back to heraldic painting for the coach-builders, and invented a process for transferring designs, painted in oil on prepared paper, to wood or other material. He died on 27th July, 1911.

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