POPE-STEVENS, SOMERVILLE

(fl. 1766-1818)

Landscape and Flower Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Son of Thomas Pope (q.v.). He became a pupil in the Dublin Society's Schools in 1764, and afterwards studied under the landscape painter, Thomas Roberts (q.v.). In 1766 he was living in Stephen Street, and as "Somerville Pope" he exhibited, at the Society of Artists in William Street, a "Portrait" and a "Fruit Piece"; and in the following year two "Landscapes." The Dublin Society awarded him a premium for a landscape in 1770, and he continued to exhibit until 1772. On the death of his uncle, Justin Pope-Stevens (q.v.), in 1771, he came into possession of property at Cabragh, near Dublin, and took the additional name of Stevens; and as "Somerville Pope-Stevens" he appears as an exhibitor in 1772. After that year he practised as an amateur rather than as a professional, and did not exhibit again until 1800, when he was living in York Street and sent two landscapes to the Artists' Exhibition at 32 Dame Street. He afterwards lived in Prussia Street, and again exhibited, in 1809 and 1812, fruit-pieces. In 1783 he was High Sheriff for the county of Dublin. Besides painting landscapes and fruit-pieces, he also did numerous copies after Vernet. He died probably in 1818.

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