BUCK, JONATHAN

(fl. 1766-76)

Landscape Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was son of Dr. Andrew Buck, for many years Principal of the Academy in King Street, Oxmantown, who died in 1795. He was born in Dublin, and was educated in Trinity College, where he graduated in 1773, and took his degree of LL.B. in 1776. He was probably the Jonathan Buck who became a pupil in the Dublin Society's School in 1764; but nothing is known of him as an artist beyond what Pasquin tells us. According to him Buck painted "small landscapes in oil with a delicate pencil." He further says: "Mr. Jonathan Buck is one of the most accomplished men in Europe; yet by some irreconcilable fatality which but too frequently is attendant on wisdom, he is compelled to live at the village of Monasterevan in the County of Kildare, on the very limited annual salary of fifty pounds, although his family is numerous and his merits unquestioned." His name does not occur as an exhibitor with the Society of Artists in Dublin, nor has any record been found of his work. He probably painted only as an amateur.

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