BROCAS, JAMES HENRY

(b. about 1790, d. 1846)

Landscape, Portrait and Animal Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Picture by R. L. West; in National Gallery of Ireland.

Was the eldest son of Henry Brocas, senr. (q.v.), and brother of Samuel, William and Henry Brocas junr. (q.v.). He was born in Dublin about 1790, and studied in the Dublin Society's School where he obtained prizes in 1802 and 1803, as well as a medal for etching. In 1802, he etched portraits of cattle for the Dublin Society's "Survey of Co. Dublin," and he contributed landscapes and portraits of cattle and horses to the exhibitions in Dublin between 1801 and 1816. He exhibited similar works at the Royal Irish Institution in 1815, and at the Society of Irish Artists in College Street in 1845. Leaving Dublin he settled in Cork about 1834, and practised there until his death on the 14th January, 1846. A Portrait of him painted in 1814, by Robert Lucius West, is in the National Gallery of Ireland. Portraits by him, of "Samuel Kyle, Bishop of Cork," and "Thomas Newenham Deane," were in the Cork Exhibition of 1852; and a Portrait of "Richard Woodward, Bishop of Cloyne," belongs to the Earl of Bandon.

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