BOWYER, RICHARD DOWNES

(b. about 1762, d. 1841)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born about 1762 and practised in Dublin for some years as a portrait and miniature painter. In 1815, when living in White's Lane, he sent a "View" to the Hibernian Society of Artists, three Portraits to the Dublin Society's exhibition, and a Portrait and two religious pictures to the Royal Irish Institution. In 1817 he was living in Paradise Row, and was afterwards in Mountjoy Street. Owing to differences with his wife, who was an eccentric woman, and was for a short time in a lunatic asylum, he separated from her; but the constant annoyance he received from her drove him to leave Dublin in 1837, and after moving from place to place he finally settled in Killyshandra, county Cavan, where he lived under the name of Blake. He died there in November, 1841.

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