FRANKLIN, JOHN

(fl. 1819-1861)

Landscape and Subject Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

After studying in the Dublin Society's Schools, which he entered in 1819, he commenced practice in Dublin as a painter. In 1826 he was living at 9 Camden Buildings, and sent four "Views of Welsh Scenery" to the first exhibition of the Royal Hibernian Academy. In 1827 he sent two "Views in Wicklow," and in 1828 a picture, "The Thirty Pieces of Silver." He then went to London and was an exhibitor at the British Institution and the Royal Academy from 1830 to 1861, mostly of subject pictures. In 1842 he had two pictures in the Royal Hibernian Academy, "A Brisk Gale" and "A Proposal." He contributed eleven illustrations to Hall's "Ireland, its Scenery and Character," as well as the ornamental border to the title-page; and did the illustrations for W. Harrison Ainsworth's "Old St. Paul's," and some of the etchings in the 1852 edition of Carleton's "Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry." A good drawing by him, "Death of Cordelia," was reproduced as a woodcut in the "Art Journal" in 1850. A "South-west View of St. Patrick's Cathedral," drawn on stone by him, was published in London. His name ceases to appear after 1861.

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