O'REILLY, JOSEPH, A.R.H.A.

(d. 1893)

Landscape and Figure Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Born of humble parentage in Dublin he studied in the Royal Hibernian Academy School where he carried off numerous prizes between 1884 and 1890, including a silver and a bronze medal in 1885, and the Albert Prize in 1887 for a subject picture exhibited that year. He also won the Taylor Scholarship. He was befriended and encouraged by Walter Osborne, on whose advice he went to Paris to study. On his return he was, on 18th October, 1892, elected an Associate of the Academy. His health, never strong, gave way and he died of consumption on 31st March, 1893, thus closing at an early age what promised to be a brilliant and successful career.

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