WOODBURN, ROBERT

(d. 1803)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was a pupil and assistant to Robert Home (q.v.), when the latter was in Ireland, and afterwards practised as a portrait painter in Dublin and Waterford. Portraits by him of "The Earl of Bective" and "Sir Robert Scott" were exhibited at Ellis's Museum in Mary Street in 1792. In 1801 and 1802, when he was living at No. 15 Great Ship Street, he exhibited portraits and landscapes, twelve in all, in the Parliament House. Among them were a portrait of "Peter Walsh reading by Candle-light" (1801), and a portrait of "Major-General Johnson," who commanded at the battle of Ross in 1798 (1802). The portrait of General Johnson was engraved in mezzotint by Robert Dunkarton and "published June 4, 1801, by R. Woodburn, Dublin, and Colnaghi and Co., Cockspur Street, London." Portraits by him of "Chambré Brabazon Ponsonby," of Kilcooley, "Thomas Barton" and "William Barton," all painted in 1801, are at Kilcooley Abbey, Thurles.

Woodburn died in Peter Street, Waterford, in 1803.

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