DYKE, RICHARD WILLIAM

(fl. 1789-1815)

Portrait Painter in Miniature and Crayons

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

He was admitted to the Dublin Society's Schools in 1787, and obtained medals for his drawings in 1788 and 1789. Soon afterwards he went to Belfast and there did drawings in water-colour and in crayons, principally small portraits. For his "striking likenesses in crayons," he charged one guinea each. He afterwards returned to Dublin, and from No. 14 Crampton Court he sent a miniature to the exhibition of the Hibernian Society of Artists in 1815. No mention of him after that date has been found. A portrait by him of the "Rev. Hugh O'Donnell," founder of St Mary's Chapel, Belfast, was exhibited in Belfast in 1888 by J. Cramsie.

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