STORDY, JOHN

(d. 1799)

Miniature Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

He was originally a watchmaker. In 1751 he was living in Capel Street, and was awarded four pounds eleven shillings by the Dublin Society for making enamelled plates for watches. He exhibited miniatures in enamel and water-colour at the Society of Artists in William Street in 1769 and 1770, and was then working as a "watchmaker and miniature painter" in Grafton Street. In or soon after 1771 he went to London and endeavoured to obtain a practice as a miniature painter, but he did not succeed. He fell into indigent circumstances and died in poverty in an obscure lodging at Kensington Gravel Pits in 1799. He exhibited three portraits at the Royal Academy, 1786-1788. A miniature signed Stordy 1787 is in the Nottingham Museum.

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